Recovery From Birthing
“Congratulations” – you have an upgrade in your designation from a loving wife to an unconditionally loving mother for your baby. Can anyone gauge how the journey was?
BIRTHING is a challenging experience to every woman – I am sure every woman will agree with me on this hard-core fact. The pains undergone, the bleeding accompanied after birthing, the tiredness, exhaustion as by-products after the “end product” (the bundle of joy) is out of its shell have adjectives of all kinds for description. It is difficult to strongly define RECOVERY FROM Birthing primarily due to the varied experiences amongst different women during birthing. Threshold to withstand pain is one of the factors that can be considered in explaining this topic. I feel it is just not BIRTHING, it is BIRTHING AND BEYOND!!! This was indeed Cloudnine’s tag line a few years ago!
The BEYOND can be a little scary to think of, if there were complications associated during labour or while birthing. Here are a few instances:
- For various reasons, if there is non-progress of labour after a particular stage, it involves an admixture of labour pain and pain after the Caesarean birth – the duo can seem as trio!
- If there is a TEAR involved – such as perineal tear, Cervical / Anal / Rectal tear involved, then the recovery involves time.
- If there are co-morbid conditions such as Gestational increase in sugars or blood pressure or at times a sordid combination of both, then once again the element of time factor for the corresponding levels to touch normalcy need to be accounted for along with recovery happening in parallel.
- For medical reasons, if there i s necessity to admit a new born into the Neonatal Isolation Care Unit or the N-ICU, then, the sequential progress of the baby graduating out of the N-ICU and moving into the mother’s arms, is a pressing factor and many a times depending on the intensity of complication involved in the chances of survival of the baby, it can be one of the key deciding factors, for the woman’s physical level of recovery.
What Do We Mean By Recovery From Birthing?
Recovery essentially involves the pace with which a mother’s body is able to bounce back into pre-pregnancy shape and form with special reference to the re-establishment of an appreciable nutritional status, given the loss of blood after a baby’s birth and the sweeping changes that happened through the three trimesters.
Involution of the Uterus to its pre-pregnancy size and shape itself can involve anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks on an average. Healthy sleep and good rest will actually help to quite an extent giving a strong push to the adequacy in nutritional support. Good sleep for seven to eight hours at one stretch can be almost a Utopian dream at that juncture but as the baby grows, the trend is bound to change giving scope for a few more hours of regular/ structured sleep.
Hence in the first few weeks after a baby is born, it is better to sneak some rest whenever the baby is also sleeping. This can be one of the potential ways of averting physical stress. Light exercises by way of walking are ideal to adopt for better digestion, improvement in blood circulation, avoidance of gassy tendencies and also for aiding the involution of the Uterus.
Nutritional support of the right sorts can really boost the pace of recovery and also gradually help in revamping the immunity to a better state.