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After giving birth there are some things that you can expect to happen. These include:
- Involuntary urination and defecation: During delivery, your muscles stretch and strain, especially if it was a long delivery. You will find that you may have some difficulty controlling your pee and bowel movements and may have one or two accidents along the way.
- Hemorrhoids: These are common in the rectum and anus and are usually unexpected but will stop after a few weeks.
- Episiotomy: Sometimes during birth, a mother’s perineum, or the skin between her anus and her vagina is torn or cut. Though it will be stitched, it can cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort when sitting or even coughing.
- Sore breasts: Your breasts become engorged due to milk production and this may result in sore nipples.
Constipation: This usually happens a few days after delivery and hemorrhoids and Episiotomies can make this extra uncomfortable.
- “After pains”: Even after giving birth you will continue experiencing contractions in your uterus.
Vaginal discharge (Lochia): Expect a heavier blood flow than your period, which fades to yellow then normalizes in a few weeks.
- Weight: The weight does not just disappear when you drop the baby and will take a few weeks to go away.
- “Baby blues”: After delivery, it is common for new mothers to be irritable, sad or anxious due to hormonal imbalances in their body. This is completely normal and goes away within a week or two. This is different from the more serious Postpartum depression which lasts much longer and requires psychiatric care.
- Reduced sex drive: This is very common as pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and tenderness will turn a new mother off from having sex.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to relieve the stress and pain that comes with giving birth:
Jamu postnatal massages have become a very popular way to relieve stress and pain in Singapore.
The post-delivery massage focuses on the physical and mental well-being of the new mother and involves the stimulation of various body parts and the use of hot stones, oils, and herbs.
You can also opt to have your post-natal massage at home which, according to some, is the best post-natal massage as it invites positive energy into your home.
JOINING SUPPORT GROUPS/ SEEING A COUNSELLOR
Joining a support group of new and old mothers and speaking to a counsellor can answer many of the burning questions you may have pre and post-partum.
Additionally, they may help to relieve stress and suggest other ways to relieve pain and stress.
Some people believe that after giving birth, mothers should be put on bed rest and refrain from exercising.
However, there are some, not labour intensive, exercises that can ease a new mother’s mind and relieve pain.
These include stretching, taking your baby for a walk in your stroller, Kegels, or gentle yoga.
While it is important to give your baby all the attention he or she requires, you must pay attention to yourself for the sake of your mental well-being.
So, share duties with your partner to give yourself time to yourself or take your “me time” when your baby rests.
This can be achieved by taking a walk, catching up on an interesting TV series, indulging in a good book or even taking a hot shower to reflect on the miracle that is life.
New mothers, always remember to never neglect your own health, be it mentally or physically.
Your baby’s health may be key, but so is yours. Take care of yourself and you can take even better care of your newborn.
So, if you are interested in looking for post natal therapy packages or for a postpartum belly massage, swing by our homepage to browse through our offerings for the best postnatal massage Singapore mummies love (as can be seen by their reviews left on our site).
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