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If you are a mother who recently gave birth or are expecting, then you must be delighted to give birth to a healthy bouncing baby. While giving birth brings joy, the afterbirth effects are inevitable especially the first 42 days (6 weeks) usually called postpartum recovery.

You are likely to experience physical and emotional changes. However, you are not alone. Your fellow mothers who recently gave birth are facing the same challenges as well.

Before we look at how you will deal with postpartum challenges, it is prudent that you know of some of the changes you will experience. After which, you will learn how to deal with them.

Physical changes

After giving birth, you can expect that there will be changes. Here are some of the changes you may experience:

· Lochia or vaginal discharge-this condition may last for about a month after you have given birth. Do not worry because it is not dangerous but a normal condition.

· After about four days, you are likely to experience what doctors call breast engorgement. During this time, your breasts will be filled with milk. It is possible that this process will cause certain discomfort, especially to first timers. In order to alleviate the discomfort, you are advised to use a warm compressor. Additionally, taking a hot bathe will ease the discomfort.

· Your uterus will definitely shrink-this may take relatively longer than 8 weeks in some mothers. Although you may feel as if some part of you has been taken, you should not worry because the belly is actually going back to the size it had before pregnancy.

Other changes may include vaginal soreness, numbness, and discomfort in and around the vagina, sore muscles on the neck, arms, and jaw.

These aforementioned signs are not supposed to be extremely painful. If they are, you need to consult your doctor. This is especially important is you went through C-section and are feeling extremely painful.

How to deal with postpartum recovery

After highlighting on some of the changes you are expecting, it is of utmost importance to learn how to deal with problems that arise during these initial days of your giving birth.

Whenever there is a blood flow, it is advisable that you use pads. Do not use tampons.

Ibuprofens are the recommended drugs that will help in easing the pain as a result of afterbirth.

Try to use ice in case you pain and swelling around the entrance of the vagina.

After the bowel movement, it is advisable to try to sit inside warn water. This is usually called sitz bath. If you do so three (3) times per day, it may help in alleviating the pain around the vagina.

Drink fluids. In order to have softer stools, which will not give you a problem emptying, you are advised to take foods that are high in fiber.

Also, take care of your emotions by avoiding conflicts with anybody.

What to avoid

· In order to maintain cleanliness, some mothers go to an extent of cleaning their vaginas with fluids. Kindly avoid this habit.

· Before 42 days elapse, do not have sexual intercourse even if you feel safe.

· Do not travel with your newborn before the 6 weeks are over.

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