You have finally put in 40 weeks or so and your body has just done the most remarkable thing- given birth! After nine long months you are excited to spend time with your new bundle of joy and now all you think about is your baby. But you also need to focus on yourself and your recovery. No matter whether your delivery was an easy one, a tough one or a C-section one- you need to take proper care of yourself and your body.
Childbirth is a physically and emotionally demanding experience. If you have given birth naturally, you vagina will definitely change after birth. Your vagina stretches for around 10 cm during your delivery. This is called dilation and it helps your baby to come out through your vagina. Sometimes the skin between the vagina and the anus might cut or the doctor might have to tear it for the baby to come through. This is called episiotomy. Your vagina does go back to its normal size but does not go back to what it was before your gave birth. Here we tell you everything about your vagina after your delivery.
Your vagina might feel wider than before. You might feel it has become soft and loose and it will look swollen for a few weeks after delivery. The soreness does heal after a few weeks. If it doesn’t then talk to your doctor.
Women experience discharge and bleeding after birth. The bleeding consists of blood, mucous and uterus tissues and lasts for up to 4 to 6 weeks. The discharge will be red and heavy during the first few days and will slowly reduce.
More than half of the women need stitches in their vagina after delivery because of the episiotomy. Stitches take about one week to 10 days to heal and you may feel pain while sitting down or while urinating. Application of warm water reduces the pain but consult your doctor if you feel unbearable pain.
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Vagina will feel dry after childbirth because of low oestrogen in your body which reduces the mucus in your vagina. For breastfeeding mothers the oestrogen is lower and therefore they may feel their vagina to be drier.
One in four women experience incontinence or leaking urine while coughing or sneezing and have a hard time controlling their urine. Bladder control was difficult during the last weeks of childbirth and it continues for a few weeks after birth as well. Pregnancy can stretch or injure pelvic floor muscles which support the uterus and bladder, thus making you leak.
If you have started having sexual intercourse a few months after your delivery, you may feel a pain and it will not be the same as before. It hurts because your vagina is dry so try a lubricant if you can. You can try talking to your doctor for the same.
Here are some natural tips that you can use to make your life easier with a sore vagina after delivery:
A physical exam or a postpartum check up will be conducted by your doctor. Tell your doctor any concerns that you might be having with your body.
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