Frequently Asked Questions After Childbirth

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1. Is my menstrual cycle after childbirth will change?
New mothers will usually gain back her menstrual cycle at the time of the baby at the age of six months. At the time it normally would not be a change in the cycle because their body will be returned to normally.

However if you are having problems with your menstrual cycle, as more quantity or excessive cramping so it's good if you discuss this with your doctor perhal

2. Are we able to use tampons after giving birth?
Although most women choose to use tampons , but the mother who has just given birth is not recommended to use tampons after birth. After giving birth, your cervix is still open and in a state where the placenta which originally was still not healed properly. This makes you prone to infection, and the use of tampons will only increase your risk of infection.

For this, special delivery bandage-shaped pads are the best choices. They are specifically designed for the delivery and will provide perilndungan best for you.

3. How long I will last during childbirth?
Whatever method of birth that you run, you will still experience vaginal bleeding. This happens because of a special coating that mediates the uterus is not used anymore. The color of blood that you spend ranges from pink to dark red to brown sometimes when entering the tenth day will be creamy. You experience bleeding will stop completely after three or four weeks.

Report to your doctor if your blood issuing unpleasant aroma (smell blood parturition you spend the same shall in like you normally spend each month) and if the blood clot came out more than once, or if you are worried at all related to the amount or consistency of blood.

4. What can I do to cope with pain or swelling around my vagina?
Sometimes that causes discomfort in your vagina is a bruise caused by the birth process. This can be overcome by putting ice packs (artificial ice) in the early post-birth. Below are a few things you can do to minimize the pain or swelling.

Using loose clothing and underwear made from cotton.
Changing pads regularly to avoid the risk of infection.
Avoid constipation by eating plenty of fiber and drink water.
It is time for you to start a moderate exercise like walking with your baby to train the pelvic floor muscles as your doctor ordered. This will make your blood circulation smooth and restore your stamina.
Discuss with your doctor or midwife if you experience pain is very disturbing for you.
5. When will I menstruate anymore?
If you do not breastfeed your baby then usually your menstrual cycle will return after two to four weeks post-delivery. But if you are breastfeeding then your menstrual cycle will return after weaning process is done.

6. Can I get pregnant again before my menstrual cycle back?
Yes. If you do not want the next pregnancy, you should discuss with your midwife or doctor what method of contraception that is most appropriate for you and your partner.

7. Is postpartum blood that comes out of the process a little more caesarean births, and why is it happening?
Interestingly, the blood that you would post caesarean birth with more or less the same when compared with the normal birth process. This happens because of what comes out of your vagina is the rest of the wall of the uterus which decays and this has nothing to do with your birth process.

8. Why I breastfeed if the blood that comes out will be more-is this a natural thing?
Yes. Many women who experienced an increase in bleeding when you are breastfeeding. This occurs because the hormone that is released as a result of contractions that occur in the uterine wall. This is why it was thought that says if the breastfeeding you can get your body shape back to normal more quickly.

9. Why does my post partum flow often changed during the day?
Most postpartum flow experienced by pregnant women varies each day. You puerperal flow quantity will increase when you stand up after lying down for a while, this happens because of the influence of gravity.

If you are breastfeeding, you definitely feel if you puerperal flow intensity will increase. You sometimes even a blood clot issue despite its size is not too big. Consult a doctor if the quantity of blood that comes out has exceeded the level of concern you.

10. Why do I feel as if stung vagina during urination?
The birth process can sometimes make the skin around your vagina scratched or injured. This injury which results in a feeling of shock when exposed to urine in the first days after birth. There are several things you should do:

Make sure if this area is always clean and dry.
Replace your pads regularly.
After urination, be sure to wipe from front to back. Rinse the area with clear water and dry with paper towels slowly.
Drink plenty of water to dilute the urine.
You would have noticed if the stinging feeling will go away on its own within a few days. If in a few days you still feel pain during urination, it means you have been exposed to infection. Always report to your doctor or midwife if there are signs of a bladder infection affects you. There are some data that should you noted as a report, such as: frequency, temperature, and the rate of burning or stinging you experienced during urination.

11. Am I going to bleed more when having twins?
Blood that you might spend a little more, but it should not exceed the capacity of 1 3-4 pads per hour. If you need to replace the pads before the time mentioned above then you should report this to your doctor or midwife.

12. How methods of treatment that I get stitches after episiotomy?
During labor you may experience tearing of the vagina, either naturally or because of an episiotomy, and laceration suturing it needs to be action. The stitches will normally cause pain for several days. Many doctors are currently using thread that can blend with the skin. Follow the instructions below to reduce the pain felt and to avoid the problem:

Make sure if this area is always clean and dry.
Replace your pads regularly.
After urination, be sure to wipe from front to back. Rinse the area with clear water and dry with paper towels slowly.
You can use a hair dryer to dry the area around the seam in order to ensure that the area dry after you shower.
You can also use an ice pack placed on the area around the seam to reduce the swelling.
Use loose clothing and underwear made from cotton.
Avoid constipation by eating lots of fiber and drink water.
If you experience abdominal stitches due to a cesarean section, you'll want to put a clean bandage over the stitches to protect the stitches from the straining process that is too strong.
It is important for you to exercise your pelvic floor muscles to accelerate blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.
Inform your midwife or doctor if your stitches cause pain or lead to excessive ketidaknyanmanan
13. What should I do if I experience severe bleeding?
The first thing you should do when this happens is to call your midwife and doctor. This should be investigated the cause. Monitor through how many pads you use and how much you spend blood clots. Usually the doctor or midwife will ask this for the identification process.

14. How to avoid constipation after childbirth?
In the early period of labor is usually not too frequent bowel movements on. This is the cause of constipation in the early post-birth. Constipation can be caused by several things, such as: hold a bowel movement for fear of hurting your stitches. To avoid constipation, you are advised to eat lots of snacks that contain high fiber, drink plenty of water, and do light exercise as recommended by your doctor.

If the area of the perineum (area between the vagina and anus) you feel sick, you should consume painkillers as recommended by your midwife or doctor, such as paracetamol before defecation. It is better if you put a clean bandage on your perineal area at the time wanted to defecate. Report to your doctor or midwife if this condition persists.

15. What kind of inspection is usually performed 6 months of age?
Usually after the age of your baby is six months the doctor will check whether your body is back to normal or not and whether any problems identified. Here are a few things that will be examined by a doctor or midwife:

The doctor will examine your abdomen to see if your uterus has returned to its original size or not.
If you give birth with caesarean process then the doctor will also check your stitches.
The doctor will examine the perineal area to make sure your stitches have healed.
Some hospitals will offer post-natal patients to perform the Pap smear if you have not been doing it for two years. We recommend that you perform this test if've never done before.
At this time you can discuss about the contraceptive method is right for you. Even when you are breastfeeding your baby and has not had a regular menstrual cycle, you still have a risk of pregnancy.
Your doctor or midwife may be asked about the level of mood or emotion.
Bring your baby and your doctor or midwife may be examined as well.
Usually you will be given the opportunity to discuss a variety of your anxiety. Do not be shy on the problem you are experiencing, as they may be able to overcome your problem with a particular treatment. You are not the only mom who feels this feeling.
Remember, if you have a complaint or anxiety during their new role as a mother, you should consult to health professionals, such as midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, or nurses who are in Early Childhood Health Centre. Many women have trouble after giving birth, so do not hesitate or shy reveal problems you are experiencing.

Author; Rosemarie Bartels, Midwives. Note: The author is not responsible for all the advice given on this public site. All articles that are here made just for your knowledge base. These writings can not replace the advice or care from experts. You should ask your health care professional regarding the complaint you feel.

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