There are several postnatal issues that most women struggle with after giving birth:
Infant Feeding: Having trouble breastfeeding your baby is very common, and usually improves a few days after delivery. If problems continue, call your gynecologist or lactation specialist at the hospital.
Bloody Discharge: You may have vaginal discharge for up to six weeks after delivery. If you use more than one sanitary pad per hour or if the discharge smells badly, call your gynecologist.
Abdominal Cramps: Cramps or contractions may occur when you begin nursing, but should disappear within a week. Emptying your bladder can help with the pain, as can adjusting your position or taking ibuprofen. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call your doctor.
Perineal Discomfort: Your perineum may become painful or numb after delivery. Rinse it with warm water after using the bathroom, and it should heal eventually.
Constipation: Make sure to consume foods that are high in fiber (grains, fruit) to avoid constipation after delivery.
Cesarean Incisional: Your wound after a C-section will be painful once the anesthesia wears off. Avoid climbing stairs or lifting especially heavy objects, and call your doctor if you develop a fever or if the pain increases.
Emotional Changes: Mood swings after giving birth are a result of fluctuating hormones. They usually disappear with time, but if they affect your attitude toward your baby or your ability to get through the day, call your doctor at Moscow-Pullman OB/GYN.
Your period should begin again 4-8 weeks after delivery, though you can still become pregnant again before it starts. Exercise is important, so be sure to read Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month to know the best kinds of exercise that are beneficial to you at this point.