Whether you have a normal delivery or cesarean, you have to deal with countless complications after delivery. But with little care and medical supervision, these complications can be kept in control. In this article, we will talk about complications after normal delivery.
Undoubtedly, getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby after passing through of all stages of pregnancy, serves as a landmark and is a unique experience for every woman. Parenting begins when the baby appears. After a baby’s birth, being a parent, you have to deal with numerous mental and physical changes. For the betterment of your baby, you have to adapt to those changes.
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Let’s talk about the common complications that being a mother you have to deal with after having a normal delivery.
The perineum is the area between the vagina and the rectum. This area is often spread during delivery and breaks during the birth. For this reason, you need an episiotomy (sewing of the affected area). It is very painful, especially in sitting positions.
Though this pain lasts for a relatively shorter period, and because you have to breastfeed your baby, you are not allowed to take an analgesic. To avoid the pain caused by the stitches, you have to find a comfortable position for yourself (to sit and breastfeed).
In such a situation you can use a (nursing) pillow that is specially made for nursing. For a quicker recovery, you can opt for “stretching exercises”, as well. The more you practice these exercises, the better sooner you will recover.
Whether you have a normal delivery or cesarean, swelling in the breasts is a common complication after birth. It is a breast infection that occurs when bacteria enter the breast tissue through the cracks of the skin caused because of sucking.
In most cases of mastitis, bacteria are not contagious, so there is no harm in breastfeeding. But the infection is extremely painful.
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This infection can also cause fever. This infection is treated with light antibiotics, which do not cause any harm while breastfeeding.
After 20 minutes of a child’s birth, the placenta is completely removed from the uterus. However, by accident, if placental fragments remain in the uterus, then it can cause uterine infection.
Symptoms of this infection are similar to cold, moderate fever, increase in white blood cells, uterine swelling, abdominal strengthening, etc. If this infection spreads to the uterine wall, it can cause severe abdominal pain, smelly discharge, bad urine, and high fever.
The infection is treated with an antibiotic. If this treatment is not done within the time, then it can cause toxic shock syndrome.
Depression After Birth
After the birth of a child, the mother constantly feels overwhelmed with new responsibilities. For this reason, a few mothers show signs of depression and suicidal tendencies. Apart from depression, you can also expect signs of anger, irritability, anxiety, and rudeness. In the case of first-time mothers, these signs are common.
Although treatment is possible, yet before treatment, it is very important to realize that you are going through a problem. You can get family support to solve the problem because, in such a situation, even a little help can make a difference. With this, counseling can also be extremely beneficial.
Many Other Potential Complications
Apart from these problems, after a normal delivery, you may have to deal with many other potential complications –
- Due to urinary infection, you may have to suffer from a kidney infection. Pain in the lower abdomen, fever or constipation, are few signs of this problem. Antibiotics are used for the treatment and to prevent it from further spreading.
- In the case of breasts, you may have to deal with blocked milk ducts. You can cure them with warm compression.
- After birth, many women complain of hair fall. According to them, they had more hair than usual. But this happens due to hormonal re-balancing, which occurs within a few months after birth.
- After the normal birth, a mother has to face problems like urinary inconsistency, pain during sex, and stretch marks. But all these problems get cured over time.
Problems Where You Need Immediate Medical Attention
- If you feel very depressed or have suicidal tendencies, you must seek medical advice immediately.
- If you see any abnormalities (strange color) in vaginal bleeding or bleeding still after two weeks of birth, then you should see a doctor immediately. Having a postnatal bleeding is an extremely serious complication. If you have this problem, then you should contact the doctor immediately because it can risk the mother’s life.
- The doctor should also be consulted in cases of severe and persistent fever accompanied by coughing and pain in the lower abdomen.
- Go to the doctor if your breasts are painful to the touch or if they are red and swollen.