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The first days after childbirth

Congratulations! The baby is finally here. Often, the first moments with the new family member are portrayed as rosy and absolutely fantastic. And indeed, they can be. However, it's equally common to feel overwhelmed by all the new things, especially if you experience discomfort after childbirth. Keep reading to learn more about the postpartum body, and download the LEIA Health app for a postpartum health screening.



Your body after childbirth

It's good to prepare for the fact that the first period after childbirth can be challenging in many ways. Your body needs time to recover while a little baby now demands to have its needs met as quickly as possible around the clock. Below, we have compiled some common postpartum issues.


Bleeding

Bleeding after childbirth is normal and is called lochia. Lochia comes from the wound that occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall. The bleeding decreases over time, changes from heavy to brownish, and usually stops within 6-8 weeks.


Urination and bowel movements

Increased urine volume is common after giving birth, and urinating while showering can relieve any discomfort. Some may experience urinary leakage issues, but these often improve as the pelvic floor strengthens.

It takes some time for the digestive system to get back on track after childbirth, and some individuals may experience constipation. Drinking water, eating fiber-rich foods, and staying active can help, but medication may be needed in some cases.


Perineal tears

Perineal tears are common after childbirth and are stitched up immediately. Pain and irritation can occur but improve over time and can be relieved with pain relief medication. It's a good idea to start with pelvic floor exercises when the pain subsides. For example, with the help of LEIA´s 6-week kegel exercise program.


Breasts and breastfeeding

Milk production increases a few days after childbirth, and breasts may become swollen and tender. Breastfeeding problems are common initially but typically resolve as you become more comfortable with breastfeeding.

To help you establish a good breastfeeding routine, LEIA Health has created a feeding log in the app. With it, we want to assist new parents in easily logging when and how they last fed their babies. The feeding log suits everyone, whether you breastfeed, pump, or bottle-feed.


Afterbirth contractions

Afterbirth contractions occur when the uterus contracts after childbirth, and they are usually more noticeable when you breastfeed your baby or if you have given birth to multiple children. Pain can be relieved with pain relievers, heat, or TENS and typically subside within 3-4 days.


Remember that your body is unique, and experiences can vary from person to person. The most important thing is to seek medical care or advice from your healthcare provider if you have any worrying symptoms or feel uncertain about anything.


Source: 1177.se (Swedish Healthcare Guide)





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