During pregnancy you probably have not been yourself. That was partly caused by hormones and the fact that you had a child in your stomach. But if you think that you are soon the 'old' again after your pregnancy, then unfortunately we have bad news. After your delivery you will really have to to defecate and that can take several months. The well-known saying is 'nine months on, nine months off'.
Read here everything about defecating, what this means for your body and for your mental condition, when your cycle starts again and how that is with those pregnancy silos.
Despair: what happens to your body?
Especially the first six weeks after delivery your body is palpable to being pregnant. You will then suffer from blood loss that can be pretty intense. This is caused by, among other things, that you have a wound in your uterus that used to have the placenta. In the first weeks you will flow most violently, then use maternity bandage to catch it. Read more about blood loss after giving birth here.
Cramps and after-effects
When you are 40 weeks pregnant, your uterus is about the size of a pumpkin. After delivery, it must shrink again, otherwise you will never get a tight stomach again. The shrinkage of your uterus is accompanied by cramps or after-effects in the first 3 to 4 days after delivery.
Your pelvic floor is properly stretched during the delivery. This can result in you having to sneeze some urine when you have to sneeze, cough or laugh very loudly. Now that is less bad since you still wear maternity bandage or sanitary napkin, but of course it is not very nice.
Suffer from stitches and other aches in the vagina
Chances are that you have been cut or torn during delivery. This must of course restore. Unfortunately, that is not without inconvenience. Consider, for example, pain when urinating, sitting or lying down. Read more about cutting in here and what you can do to alleviate the pain.
In addition to the fact that your body is noticeably detoxifying, there are more ailments that you can suffer. If you notice the symptoms below, it is not because you are on your own, but because you are recovering. In addition to getting pregnant, you also have to get used to the broken nights and parenthood. So always give yourself the rest and take the time to become the old one again.
- Forgetful (yes, even after the pregnancy).
- Crying, unstable (think of maternity tears or baby blues).
- Concentration problems.
- Being dizzy.
- Low libido.
How long does it take to relapse?
According to the above-mentioned saying, it can take up to 9 months, but the recovery per woman is also different in the case of de-pregnancies. The blood loss usually stops after 6 weeks, but the other ailments and your lability can last longer.
Tips to promote recovery:
- If your baby is asleep, do your eyes yourself.
- Let your partner also run a 'night shift' once.
- Ask for help from family if you still have some rest.
- Go out regularly (even if you do not feel like it), the fresh air can certainly do well.
- Do not start working fulltime until you are really ready for this.
When will you be deferred again?
After your birth, your hormones are still a bit confused. In addition, you also suffer from blood loss, so you will not be in the first weeks. On average, women have their first menstruation after 6 to 8 weeks. This means that after 4 to 6 weeks you have ovulation and are therefore fertile after delivery.
If you are breastfeeding, it can take longer. If you are breastfeeding, you make a hormone that stops ovulation. But your ovulation is not stopped all the time. You can also be fertile while breastfeeding. If you want to postpone the next child, free with a condom.
What about the pregnancy silos?
That you become heavier during your pregnancy is inevitable. On average this will be between 10 to 15 kilos. You will lose most of the time, but there will always be a few more kilos left that require a little more effort.
Do not go on a diet immediately, especially if you are breastfeeding. If you start to line, dangerous substances will end up in your breast milk and that is not good for your baby. It is really important that you give your body enough energy to recover and to defecate.
So eat healthy, varied and enough. After about 3 to 4 months (after breastfeeding) you can try to lose weight. After about 6 weeks (after a cesarean section this can be 8 to 10 weeks) you can exercise carefully again. But always ask your doctor or midwife first what exercises and sports you can do. Walking and cycling can be pretty quick.