Understanding your Body after Childbirth
Pregnancy brings a lot of changes in your life and so does childbirth. Having a baby changes your body dramatically. You may or may not like the changes, or you may enjoy feeling different and feeling like a mother. If you’re happy the way you are, that’s good. But at some point of time it becomes really important to take care of yourself. This will help you ensure good health and a long life to enjoy with your child. You need the energy to take care of the baby and run around her.
There are times when a new mother feels very uncomfortable with her body. You may longe to b the same again and sometimes you are too close to the goal but remember, there are some things that are never the same again. For instance, the stretch marks may fade to a great extent but will never go away completely.
But luckily, there are changes that don’t need to be permanent. You can tighten a saggy tummy with exercise, and shed off the weight you’ve gained. All you need to do is eat sensibly and exercise.
Remember, it won’t happen overnight. Since it took about nine months to make a baby, it will take that long for you to get back into shape again. Meanwhile, you should give your body some real good treats to cheer you up. It could be something as simple as painting your toenails, visiting a spa to pamper yourself, enjoying a good long sleep, a facial, etc.
Here’s what to do to understand your body after pregnancy:
You will be very busy looking after your baby. However, you should go for your postnatal check at around 6-8 weeks after the birth. Discuss health condition with your gynaecologist. Speak about any backache, perinatal pain, family planning and much more. Many women experience physical problems due to labour and birth and due to the kind of work involved in caring for young children. Some of the most common problems faced include recurring infections, leaky bladder, back pain, pain intercourse etc.
For some problems, you can do a lot to help yourself. In case, you are facing a problem of leaky bladder, try strengthening the muscles around your bladder, vagina, and back passage (perineum). You can also include a lot of pelvic floor exercises into your regime.
Pelvic Floor Workout
Pelvic floor exercises strengthen muscles to help you stop incontinence, and enjoy sex better. You can also do this exercise either sitting or standing.
Step 1: Squeeze and draw in your back passage at the same time.
Step 2: Close up and draw your vagina (front passage) upwards.
Step 3: Do it quickly, tightening and releasing the muscles immediately.
Step 4: Do it slowly, holding the contractions for as long as you can (less than 10 seconds) before you relax.
Repeat each exercise 10 times, 4-6 times a day.
Deep Stomach Exercises
This is important to firm your stomach.
Step 1: Lie on your side with your knees slightly bent.
Step 2: Let your tummy sag and breathe in gently.
Step 3: As you breathe out, gently draw in the lower part of your stomach.
Step 4: Squeeze your pelvic floor at the same time.
Step 5: Hold for a count of 10 then gently release.
Repeat 10 times.