A week has passed and you have stepped into your 2 weeks postpartum journey. You are getting used to your new life as a mother.
Within your 2 postpartum weeks, you have probably become:
- an expert in changing diapers,
- feeding or breastfeeding the baby, and
- singing calming lullabies to a nervous, crying baby.
All those new duties and magical moments may prevent you from taking good care about yourself.
We will now discuss on incidents that you may experience during the 2 weeks postpartum.
We can only offer advices on how to be responsible to yourself and your health.
Insecurity is not unusual in this period.
If you have any concerns or feelings that something is not right, better contact your doctor. While it might be nothing, when it comes to yours or your baby’s health, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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2 Weeks Postpartum Expected Pain
We have good news for you – during your 2 weeks postpartum journey, your physical condition should greatly improve. You have experienced pain and discomfort during week one postpartum, and they should be gone now. As your uterus is shrinking, muscle contractions become weaker and you should feel a lot better.
If you’ve had a cesarean section, you might still experience pain, and it is quite normal. If the pain is too strong, you might want to consult your doctor for two reasons – to check for any complications, and to discuss pain medication.
Perineum, the area between your vagina and rectum, can be very sensitive during postpartum period. The swelling should be gone when you reach the second week, but it this area can still be sensitive. Be careful when sitting down, and use cushions to keep yourself comfortable.
If you have stitches, we have some good and some bad news. The wound is healing – which is great, but doesn’t feel that way. You might feel uncomfortable and have difficulties sitting down.
Bleeding of lower intensity is present in the second week after giving birth. The color of the flow should become pink, or sometimes brownish. If you notice bright red spots or even clots at this time, you should inform your doctor. Usually after the 10th day the flow is white or pale yellow – blood traces should be gone by now.
Frequent Loo Visitations
While we hope that you’ve regained the control of your bladder by now, postpartum incontinence can last for weeks, even months. There is no need to be scared or ashamed if you still experience the symptoms of incontinence. Stretched pelvic floor muscles might need some more time to recover.
Urinating should not feel unpleasant at this period. If you feel pain or burning during your toilet visits, you should contact your doctor. These symptoms could be signs of an urinary infection.
Hemorrhoids are another persistent problem during postpartum. There are certain products that can provide the relief, but your diet is also important. Drink lots of water and eat as many fresh vegetables and fruit as you can within 2 postpartum weeks.
If you are breastfeeding, you are practically an expert by now. Your breasts are large, and heavy, and they will stay that way until you stop breastfeeding. Supportive bras may help relieve the burden from your back, which can become painful.
If you’ve decided not to breastfeed, by the end of week two your breasts should turn to their original size. Don’t get too comfortable as occasional leaking is still possible.
While your stomach probably still looks large and saggy, you are probably much lighter. You are now more or less about 12 pounds lighter since all the water you’ve retained during pregnancy finds a way out.
This retained water helps generating sweat and urination. Do not try to prevent those symptoms, as they are important part of the recovery of your body.
The intensity of baby blues (postpartum depression) should be lower in week two. Your hormonal levels are stabilizing, and you should start feeling more stable as well.
Infact, all those insecurities that you’ve experienced after birth should vanish soon. You are finding yourself comfortable in the role of a mother. Finally, you’ve got used to that person in the mirror, and your body identity should become stronger.
3 Postpartum Blues Signs to Look Out:
Example of a mild depression sign: If your depression symptoms are severe, you might be suffering from postpartum depression.
Example of a moderate depression sign: If you feel that you can handle those feelings, and remain basic functionality, you can postpone going to the doctor and try to relax more.
Example of a severe depression sign: If you feel completely numb due to severe insomnia or having thoughts about harming yourself and/or the baby, you should ask for help immediately.
Even if you’ve avoided baby blues completely, you might feel exhausted during this period. Don’t be too strict to yourself, allow your partner and other family members to help you, and find time to relax, sleep and go for a short walk.
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This is no time for thinking about the weight loss! You need some seriously rich food to keep your energy levels up. Fruits, vegetables, and proteins are important components for your 2 weeks postpartum diet.
Make sure to take enough iron and vitamin C, and consult your doctor about the supplements. Eat when you are hungry, but do not eat too much – it is much better to have 5 or 6 smaller, more variable meals.
Here are some ideas for healthy but nutritious snacks, that are easy to make and very tasty:
- Whole-grain crackers with hummus
- Nuts (stash some in your purse in case you get a craving on the go)
- A cup of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk.
- A hardboiled egg with some carrots
- Low-fat cheese with a piece of fruit
- Peanut butter on an apple
- Plain Greek yogurt — add in a cup of berries to avoid added sugar from the flavored kind.
While you might feel quite well now, you should not even consider serious work outs. Your body still contains the hormone relaxin that makes you liable to strains. Avoid aerobics or strenuous exercises for at least six weeks.
Physical activity of lower intensity is good for you, so feel free to go for a walk. Don’t force yourself to continue a workout if you experience fatigue, pains or discomfort. Be good to yourself and listen to the signals that your body provides.
By now, even those women who’ve experienced severe tearing during labour should be able to do pelvic floor exercises. These exercises will make you feel comfortable as feelings of pelvic pressure diminishes.
Second week postpartum is the time when you will experience great changes, as everything starts going back to normal.
This is a process so remember not to expect too much from yourself. Eat healthy, stay cautious for the signals that your body sends, and be good to yourself.
Feel free to ask for help or advice, and find some time to relax and do the things you enjoy. Although you are mom now, you are also still you.