After delivery, the breasts will be feeling like achy, full & tender to touch. This is in the preparation for the breastfeeding. Wearing a supportive bra after the childbirth, morning & night, will also helps to protect the tender breast tissues & ease the ache.
During the lactation, the breasts will be engorged with the milk. A little milk will be expressed to soften the nipple so to allow the baby to latch on. Engorgement will be occurs less often once feeding routine is been established.
Any skin discoloration which occurred during the pregnancy will be disappears about 3 months after the delivery. Minimizing the sun exposure to these areas will also help to prevent the color from become darkening. Stretch marks will also starts to fade.
The tummy will be still appears as pregnant for a few weeks after the delivery, as the uterus will be still enlarged & the muscles supporting it needs time to become taut again. Within 6 weeks, the uterus will be contract back to its original size.
During this period, mild cramps will be noticed and experienced, these cramps can be increased during the breastfeeding. Breastfeeding will stimulate the release of oxytocin which will causes uterine contractions.
CESAREAN INCISION SITE:
The incision will heal on the outside in 2 – 3 weeks, but can remain sore & sensitive for up to 2 months. Itching around the incision site will be experienced & doctor will prescribe medications that can be taken relieve the itch.
For the first 4 or 5 days, the flow will be bright red & heavy & will contain clots of blood. The flow will be taper off within 2 weeks.
The perineum is the area in between the vagina & rectum. It will stretch & can even tear during labor & vaginal birth. Uncomfortable swelling & pain can be experienced because to the stretching is required during the delivery of baby.
To prevent the infection & to speed up the healing of rectal & pelvic muscles, you can:
- Squeeze the muscles used to stop the passage of urine
- Hold the muscles tight for 10 seconds & relax.
- Put a cold pack on perineum
- Soak in a warm bath
- Wipe from front to back after going to bathroom to help prevent infections
- Consult doctor regarding the medications to help ease the pain