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Common Postpartum Problems and How to Treat Them

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

Postpartum refers to the phase post the birth of your baby. Motherhood is an experience which evolves a woman both physically and mentally. It brings about a lot changes in you, and sometimes you can find it difficult to adapt yourself to it. Your body takes time to go back to its original form, let’s try and discuss some common postpartum problems and how you can deal with them.



    Haemorrhoids and Constipation –We surely know the fact that pregnancy leads to a lot of physical changes, and a lot of pressure is exerted on the uterus and the lower part of the body. Due to this pressure which is exerted, you might start experiencing constipation and even cause Haemorrhoids and if this trouble continues postpartum, then you must consult a doctor. Avoid self-medication and over the counter medicines, do take a medical advice before going ahead.

    Mastitis –Mastitis is an infection where your breasts swell and turn red due to the bacterial presence. At times breastfeeding mothers also get fever due to this bacterium. The reason for this infection can be dirty clothes and can also be caused by the baby’s mouth. Mastitis can be treated by taking antibiotics and general medicine to treat fever. Doctor’s claim that this infection is not contagious and you can continue with breastfeeding. It is usually advised that you go for a doctor’s advice and then continue with breastfeeding.

    Perineal Pain – The area between the vagina and the rectum is known as Perineum. When this area gets pain this is known as Perineal pain. This area experiences the maximum amount of stretching during birth and often also gets bruised. Do try to consult a doctor to ensure that it’s nothing so serious. You can use a soft cushion to sit, in case you are facing problems to sit. 

    Uterus Infection –Symptoms of uterus infection usually includes mild fever, uterus swelling, increased heart rate and some mothers also experience intense pain in lower abdomen and have uterine discharge with an odour. This infection usually arises when fragments of the placenta remains in the uterus. This infection can be treated using antibiotics and this diagnosis should be done at the earliest to avoid any further complications. 

    Postpartum Depression –Childbirth can be very stressful for new mothers, some of you can get extremely overwhelmed because of the new responsibilities. This, in turn, can lead to anxiety and anger which leads to depression. The sudden change in their lifestyle and the anxiousness for their child makes them emotionally touchy. This problem prevails more with single mothers and also first time mothers who are already going through a lot internally. The best treatment for this problem is counselling and family support. Try talking to people and discuss your problems, you might feel better. 

    Swollen Breasts – If a breastfeeding mother has not fed her baby for a long time, then your breasts can swell and can also feel some pain. Taking a cold shower bath in this situation can help ease the pain. Mothers of new born should ensure and wear well fitted brassieres at this time.

    Vaginal Discharge –Vaginal discharge also referred as Lochia, this usually occurs for few weeks postpartum. The discharge is essentially due to blood and tissue from theuterus. You must strictly avoid physical exertions during this period and too much physical activity can increase the flow of discharge. This gradually reduces in about two weeks. You must try to rest and allow your body to heal.

    Hair Loss – You might notice all the lustrous hair you gained during your pregnancy, is falling off gradually. This is essentially because of the hormonal imbalance in your body. Try not to take too much stress because of this, it shall gradually reduce. Try to maintain a protein rich healthy diet to maintain healthy hair. 

    Stretch Marks – We all know, as the baby grows in your stomach, the pressure is continually applied to your abdomen and the skin adjusts to it by stretching. Therefore, postpartum once your baby is out, your stomach shrinks leaving you with stretch marks. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and gradually the stretch marks fade away. Keeping your skin moisturised at all times with coconut oil, or warm olive oil also helps you. Try not to scratch too much if your skin feels too itchy. Keeping it moisturised will help you.

    Postpartum Hives – The immune system of your body reacts by releasing histamine into the bloodstream postpartum due to the hormonal and allergens changes in your body. Histamine causes itchy red rashes and those are referred to as postpartum hives. They usually appear on arms, feet and back. They clear away after a few weeks. To soothe yourself you can apply coconut oil, aloe vera gel or dermatologically approved ointments on those burning patches.

    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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