Urinary Incontinence & 3 Other Issues Women Experience After Childbirth

Urinary Incontinence & 3 Other Issues Women Experience After Childbirth

Childbirth is one of the most traumatic experiences for your body to experience. Like other physical ailments, it will take time to heal. Frankly, you may even be left with some problems indefinitely. Here are some of the issues that you may experience following childbirth:

Loss of Bladder Control

This is more commonly known as urinary incontinence. Many women experience this condition after giving birth. It is caused by the bladder muscles being stretched during pregnancy. Afterward, all of your muscles are struggling to get back into shape. You can do Kegel exercises to help with retightening these areas. In some cases, you may not regain full bladder control without a little assistance. This is not something to be embarrassed over. There are procedures that can be done to help with this condition.

Vaginal Issues

Post childbirth, your vagina is not likely to return to its original condition. Pushing your baby out was hard work. The muscles and skin in your vagina had to stretch to incredible lengths to allow that baby to pass. You will likely be looser than you were before childbirth. With other hormonal changes that are occurring in your body, you may even experience dryness in your vagina. This is common as your body tries to readjust after pregnancy. This can lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse. Most of the time, this condition is temporary.

Problems with Bowel Movements

Constipation is common after giving birth. This can be caused by the drugs that were given to you during delivery. You may be afraid to poop because you are worried that it will hurt, or that it will tear your stitches. Breastfeeding can result in dehydration. This can also lead to having trouble with your bowel movements. Remember to drink plenty of water. You can also use a stool softener to ease some of your discomfort. Talk to your doctor if constipation is an ongoing problem for you.

Trouble with Weight Loss

It is unrealistic to expect to be back in your old clothes within a few weeks after childbirth. You will of course lose a significant amount of weight post-delivery. The baby was born and the placenta is no longer inside of you. It is important to remember that you should not feel pressured to go back to your old size right away. You have a baby that you are likely breastfeeding. That requires that you are eating right and taking care of yourself. Continue to exercise and lose the weight gradually. It’s not a race. Slower weight loss if healthier for you.

If you’re about to give birth, you should be aware of the above issues. However, don’t let it be a cause of anxiety for you. You may get through it all just fine and not experience any of these issues. If you do, however, then hopefully the above information will help you be more prepared to handle them.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.