5 Common Post-Baby Health Issues

5 Common Post-Baby Health Issues

After having a baby, you obviously want to focus on taking care of your child and raising your newly expanded family. Yet, during this time, your body is changing rapidly. You may notice small differences in the way you feel and in your overall health. That’s when it is so important for you to learn more about what’s happening. Take a closer look at these five common post-baby health problems that can occur and what you should do about them.

#1: Urinary incontinence

Many women experience changes in bladder control after birth. For some, this can improve within the first few months. For others, especially mothers who have had several children in a short period of time, they may last long term. The good news is there is treatment available that can help to reverse much of this. Even though you may not want to talk about it to your doctor, now is the time to do so.

#2: Hernias

After having a C-section, there is a substantial risk that you can develop a hernia. This occurs when tissues usually behind the abdominal wall are able to spill through it due to a cut in the muscles in that area. After surgery, it is common for women to want to lift and move as much as they like to take care of their child. However, this can strain the muscles in this area, increasing the risk of hernias. It’s important to speak to your doctor about limitations after your C-section and, if you develop a hernia, what can be done to reverse it.

#3: Infections

Even those women who have a very healthy birth and are in the best facilities available can develop an infection after giving birth. This is more common in cases of C-sections but can happen in any birth. Infections in the first two months can be worrisome. If you notice redness around your incision or there are any instances in which you have a high fever, be sure to contact your doctor to learn more about what could be occurring.

#4: Sexual problems

It is not uncommon for women to develop sexual problems after surgery. Imagine just how much change your body has gone through in the last few months. And, much of this will be related to emotional health and hormone changes. However, in some situations, the birthing process can create changes within the body that make it hard for you to have the same sensations. Some women develop pain during intercourse as well. Speak to your doctor about these concerns to learn about treatment options.

#5: Mental health challenges

Nearly all women go through significant hormone changes after giving birth. That is to be expected. However, when those emotional changes begin to impact your overall wellbeing and you have thoughts of harming yourself or another, this is a medical emergency. For other women, depression and anxiety can become key factors related to a person’s wellbeing. In this situation, it is important to bring up the struggles you are having with your doctor.

When to get emergency help

There are situations in which your health changes rapidly and you may be facing a medical emergency, according to the March of Dimes. This includes:

In most situations, individuals will be able to regain their health after having a baby. Yet, to ensure the best outcome, be sure to get in to see your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any changes to your health.

Wondering about your health after having a baby? Let us help you!

Every birth is unique and the ways it changes your body can also be just as varied. At Women’s Care OB/GYN, we provide comprehensive care to you before and after giving birth. Contact us today with your questions or book an appointment online right now.

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