The 1st of April was a day of joy. It was on that day that my baby nephew was born to make their family complete. His four year old sister’s eyes twinkled at this new bundle of excitement as the nurse kept him on her lap for the first time. He shrieked at the smell and the coarse touch of his sister while the elders were relieved that delivery was smooth without any complications. It is still not over for the mother. She has her Postpartum Period. But the mother in her youth and spirit did not heed to the advice of her elders and started walking around and doing minor chores. It is then that she developed a certain pain in her thighs and joints. The doctor, at first, mistook it for swollen lymph nodes and gave her medications. And on the third day, it was confirmed to be Deep Vein Thrombosis. She had to be admitted for a week in the hospital.
The Postpartum period refers to the first few weeks after childbirth. It is the time when the mother’s body tries to get adjusted to the situation of not being pregnant. Apart from the bliss and excitement, the mother may also go through a lot of mental stress and depression too. Some mothers develop psychological disorders along with physical pain and discomfort. She may have bleeding up to six weeks because of the tear in the uterus (episiotomy), have sore breasts and those who had a cesarean may have to give a longer time for healing. The uterus painfully shrinks back to the normal position in the two months after delivery. The mother may have sore muscles and pain in her arms and legs. she hardly gets proper rest at night and her attitude towards her partner also undergoes some change. She may get swollen feet and legs, difficulty in urination, constipation or hemorrhoids and gain weight. Special care should be taken to avoid postpartum complications like Puerperal mastitis, UTI, Haemorrhage, Thromboembolic disease and the like.
Take Care of Yourself After Delivery
Take a natural remedy to support health of the reproductive organs (uterus, birth canal and perineum) after birth and for a fast return to pre-pregnancy conditions.
-Aparna K V