Fatigue, pain, loneliness… These are the words young mothers cited* Description after birth. And for good reason: 3/4 of them think they weren’t adequately prepared for this period. However, knowledge means gaining serenity, having time to equip oneself, and anticipating. Especially after the baby is born, the body changes and you have to tame this new silhouette that gently develops day by day. Psychologically, fatigue and hormones can make it difficult to manage this period. But it is not impossible! To avoid being caught off guard, here are some facts you should know.
lochia after childbirth
Are you used to heavy cycles? So it shouldn’t impress you after giving birth (too much). For others, be prepared for blood loss, clots, and membranes in numbers up to 6 weeks after delivery. Rest assured, this is completely normal.
the reason : Your body expels all the debris that covers the uterine wall. For the first few days, losses are significant, then subside before returning to pregnancy around day 12, coinciding with the drop in pregnancy hormones.
helping hand: Heavy flow maternity pads (menstrual pads do not fit) for the first seven days, then switch to more traditional models. Skip the idea of using a menstrual cup or tampons, sources of germs. In addition, the cervix and vagina are still very fragile. Another option: washable biker panties, which are more comfortable than pads, and are more discreet. For 12 hours (maximum) you don’t have to worry about your losses. One point for mental load and another for the planet! In parallel, wash the intimate area once a day, twice a maximum, using a pH-neutral soap.
Pain in the intimate area and abdomen during the puerperium
Perineum, cesarean section, hemorrhoids, uterine contractions … We will not lie to you, this is unpleasant. Fortunately, this is not a mandatory syllable, every young mother has her share of surprises.
the reasons : In the case of an episiotomy or a cesarean delivery, the scar can stretch and even itch. For one to four months, depending on the features, it goes through an inflammatory phase, during which time collagen fibers are formed. Never apply any non-prescribed cream or treatment, especially the first two weeks. In case of swelling, speak to your midwife immediately. As for hemorrhoids, they can be partially taken out during pushing. Then the anal sphincter strangles them, they are a source of pain, and even bleeding during bowel movements. It is possible that they will appear later, because their supporting tissue, which was tested during pregnancy, is no longer able to do its job. Finally, the uterine contractions that you felt during the first days after delivery (also called postpartum trenchers) allow the uterus to return to its original size and shape. They are subtle during the first pregnancy, and are more painful after that and during feeding, as suctioning the breast stimulates the uterus.
excellent: Each evil has its own medical or homeopathic solution, to be prescribed by a specialist. Small puffs of cold water, after drying with a compress, as well as thermal pillows can help.
Loss of hair density during the fourth trimester (or thereafter)
You would like to maintain thick pregnancy hair, but now your hormones will decide otherwise. Because two to four months after giving birth (or the end of breastfeeding), they will fluctuate, resulting in significant hair loss.
the reason : During pregnancy, the telogen phase (known as hair loss) slows down dramatically, in contrast to the anagen (growth) phase and the resting phase (regression phase). Hence the hair of Blake Lively! After childbirth/breastfeeding, under the influence of removing hormones, the hair goes straight from the growth phase to shedding, which leads to a massive and brutal loss. It can last between 3 and 4 months, which does not prevent other hairs from growing in parallel. After 6 months to a year, you will regain your hair’s usual mass.
helping hand: Follow cycles of nutritional supplements and/or topical treatments, via products that will be placed on the roots for a quarter of a year. These anti-hair loss products stimulate new hair growth and prevent older hair from falling out.
*A study conducted in April 2021 by the Institut de Maman, for Lansinoh, on a representative sample of 300 French mothers of children aged 0 to 35 months.