beHEALTH - The birth of a baby is something wonderful experience for a new mom. However, the health after pregnancy becomes your new concern. You should take care of yourself. You need to plan to see your healthcare provider two to six weeks after your baby born for a regular postpartum check up. It’s important to take care of yourself.
After pregnancy, the first six to eight weeks after delivery your body will undergo many changes such as vaginal discharge. Some bleeding from the vagina is normal after you’ve had a baby. Bright red bleeding generally will lasts from three to four days but may lasts up to two weeks. It slowly changes to dark red, then yellow and then to white. You may have a whitish discharge for two to six weeks. Yet, please contact your healthcare provider immediately if you have any discharge with a bad odor or which itches or has a burning feeling.
Health problem such as constipation may occur in the first few weeks after the birth of your baby. It is common after pregnancy, but to make you feel better, you have to do some simple exercise. Walking is better. Moreover, drink 8 to 12 glasses of warm water or juice can help. Also, foods with high fiber such as whole grain breads, cereals, vegetables, salads and raw fruits for meal menu everyday are good choice. But, if you feel still need any helps, your healthcare provider may suggest you to use a mild laxative or a stool softener.
Next thing after pregnancy that you have to concern, it is important to take care of your breasts after the birth of your baby whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. Some mothers’ breasts get very hot, hard and swollen when their milk comes in and they are not nursing their babies. The swelling usually goes down after a day or two. To make it comfortable do some things such as use ice packs on the breast for 15 to 20 minutes. If it doesn’t help, use warm washcloth on the breast and then put your baby to the breast for a few minutes. However, if you have chills or fever and your breasts are still swollen and uncomfortable after two days, you need to call your healthcare provider.
The last thing, you can get pregnant again just two weeks after giving birth. Many experts advice that you and your partner need to talk about the birth control because it can affects to your health and the health of your next baby. So, keep your health.