Women’s Common Postpartum Issues
There are a wide variety of postpartum issues that any given woman could suffer from. None of them are anything to be ashamed of, and there is support out there for you. These medical illnesses and problems occur often in women after giving birth. Going through a pregnancy and birth of your baby is not something that is simple. Your body physically and physiology goes through a number of changes throughout your pregnancy and even after you have given birth. It is only natural that things within your body would not be the same after giving birth.
If you may have any of the following illnesses or know a woman that may, you should consider reading this entire article. Information and knowledge can make us stronger. Women can become empowered with knowledge of what can happen after pregnancy and what can be done about it. You deserve to get better, feel better and know that these illnesses are normal for you.
It is vital that the person suffering from any of these illnesses have the support they deserve to have, because these illnesses can be painful, they can have an effect on a woman’s life in general, and it can feel incredibly lonely to suffer from any one of these illnesses. It is important that she have the support she needs to get through this trying time.
Uterine prolapse happens when the ligaments and muscles that hold the uterus in place weaken, and the uterus falls within the vaginal canal. This usually happens in women who are postmenopausal, and have had more than one child via vaginal births. Over time the uterus’ muscles and ligaments can weaken, gravity will do its job (unfortunately), and hormones can cause uterine prolapse.
If you experience mild uterine prolapse you should not need any treatment, but should still seek medical advise to be safe. If you find that this interrupts your life and daily activities you might need surgery or an insertion of a supportive device that will take the place of your uterine supportive muscles and ligaments.
Symptoms of Uterine Prolapse:
· You May Feel A Pulling Or Heaviness In Your Pelvis
· You May Experience Pain During Intercourse
· You May Find Something Protruding From Your Vagina
· You Also May Experience Lower Back Pain
· Pain And Symptoms Worsen At Night
Treatments for Uterine Prolapse:
Weight Management may be the first thing a medical professional will suggest if you are overweight or obese. He or she may suggest that you avoid any heavy lifting or straining and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will also need to practice kegel exercises that can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
There is also a device that can be placed inside your vagina to properly hold the uterus in its place. This would probably be the second option if the first does not apply.
The third and final option would be surgery to repair the uterine muscles by using tissue grafting.
Urinary incontinence is simply a loss of bladder control and it happens to a lot of women post pregnancy. This is not actually the illness itself, but rather a symptom of one. You will have to work with your medical professional to see what the problem is and what treatment needs to follow. Pregnancy and childbirth is at the top of the list for causes of urinary incontinence, or otherwise known as stress incontinence. It can be caused by stress from the weight of the baby, hormonal changes (do they always have to blame it one hormones?), and vaginal delivery. Obviously, a vaginal delivery is physically stressful. Vaginal childbirth can weaken your muscles and even damage your bladder’s nerves. You may experience incontinence right after birth, or even several years later. Note the trying not to pee a little after a sneeze or cough. It happens and it is all right.
Symptoms of Stress Incontinence:
· You May Experience Some Loss of Urine When You Sneeze, Cough, Laugh, Do Heavy Lifting, or Exercise
· When Your Bladder is Too Full You Will Notice That Leakage Will Be Worse
Treatments of Stress Incontinence:
Exercise can help by practicing Kegel exercises every day. This will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which help control urination.
If Kegel exercises fail you your medical professional may offer bladder training. This means you will have to try to hold urination when you get the urge for about ten minutes, and then increase the time as you can.
If these do not help your medical professional may advise some medications, medical devices, and even surgery. However, Kegel exercises have proven to be effective in helping women with stress incontinence and usually stops there.
This illness is specifically a postpartum illness. It is actually a postpartum complication.
Symptoms of Diabetes Insipidus:
· Incredibly Intense Thirst
· Large Amounts of Urine That is diluted
· Waking During the Night to Urinate
· Wetting the Bed
Treatments for Diabetes Insipidus:
Since this illness is usually caused by a hormone (lack of antidiuretic hormone) it can be treated with this hormone, synthetically. Desmopressin can be used to help bring up this hormone in your body to reduce the symptoms of this illness and therefore getting rid of it.
However, if your kidneys do not seem to respond to Desmopressin, your medical professional may offer a diet low in salt. This decreases the amount of urine your kidneys will produce.
Your perineum is the area just between your vagina and rectum. Pain in this area is very common with women who delivery vaginally. The tissues in this area will become swollen, sore, and possibly torn by vaginal delivery. As your body heals after childbirth the perineal pain should lessen with time. To help relieve the pain you can use Sitz baths, cold packs, warm water, and a donut shaped pillow to sit on. Some type of Ibuprofen or Aspirin can help, too. But ask your medical professional what you should take if you are breastfeeding.
There are so many changes that happen within your body and in your life when you go through pregnancy and give birth. It can be exciting, scary, thrilling, and stressful all at the same time.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression:
Nearly every woman who gives birth has these feelings after their baby is born. Usually the feelings subside within a short time. If they do not, it could turn into Postpartum Depression. When a woman’s ability to function is effected by her symptoms she will usually be diagnosed with PD. It can be treated with counseling and medication if necessary. The important thing to remember is that thousands of women suffer from PD. You are never alone, and you can get through it.
No matter what you suffer from after pregnancy you can make it through with proper support from family and friends. It can be an exciting and scary time for you, but you should get the help you need with your family or friends standing beside you.