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Labor Delivery and Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

Information About Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

We Have to Know about the Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

  • After childbirth (postpartum period), your body goes through numerous changes, for the sake of newborn some of which continue for several weeks during your postpartum period. Like pregnancy, postpartum changes are different for every woman

Physical changes of Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

  • The most drastic change in the uterus is the contraction from an organ weighing one kilogram and a volume of about 10-L down to a 60-gram organ that only contains 5ml of fluid
  • Immediately after delivery, the fundus of the uterus begins to contract
  • This is to deliver the placenta which can take up to 30 minutes and may involve a feeling of chills
  • In a normal and healthy response, it should feel firm and not boggy
  • It begins to involute with contractions of the smooth muscle of the uterus
  • It will contract midline with the umbilicus
  • It begins its contractions and by twelve hours after the birth it can be felt to be at the level of the umbilicus
  • The uterus changes in size from one kilogram to 60 -80 grams in the space of six weeks
  • After birth, the fundus contracts downward into the pelvis one centimeter each day
  • After two weeks the uterus will have contracted and return into the pelvis
  • The sensation and strength of postpartum uterine contractions can be stronger in women who have previously delivered a child or children. The cervix remains soft after birth
  • The vagina contracts and begins to return to the size before pregnancy
  • For four to six weeks of the postpartum period, the vagina will discharge lochia, a discharge containing blood, mucus, and uterine tissue
  • During  pregnancy, the normal inflammatory immune response is shut down in order to allow the acceptance of the embryo to the body
  • In the postpartum period, this needs to be quickly reversed back to normal
  • This immune reconstitution can result in the symptomatic expression of infections that were present but previously not responded to, especially infections with an autoimmune basis

Other changes/events of Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

  • If you do not breast-feed, your menstrual periods may begin within a month or two after delivery
  • If you breast-feed full-time, your periods will probably not resume for a few months. The average among women who breast-feed exclusively is 8 months. However, breastfeeding is not a dependable method of birth control

Self-care of Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery (Postpartum) Changes

  • Avoid sexual intercourse until you have stopped bleeding and intercourse is not painful or uncomfortable
  • Your body needs at least 4 to 6 weeks to heal after the trauma of childbirth.
Labor Delivery And Post-Delivery
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