Your body changes a lot during pregnancy. You will also have some physical changes when you are recovering after childbirth.
Be kind to yourself and to your body, as you recover from the birth. Try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone recovers at their own pace.
Common physical and emotional symptoms you may have after giving birth include:
- vaginal discharge or bleeding (lochia)
- sore perineum - this is the area of skin between the back of your vagina and your bottom
- breast changes - they will get bigger and will produce the first milk, called colostrum
- tummy cramps
- feeling down, anxious or low mood
- hot flushes - this is because your levels of oestrogen drop suddenly
- bladder and bowel problems - such as stinging when you pee, constipation and piles
- vaginal dryness
- pressure or bulge in vaginal area
- hair loss
Many of these symptoms are normal and common but can be uncomfortable.
When you have just given birth, it can be hard to take time to heal. It is important you allow your body time to recover. There are things you can do to ease any discomfort you are feeling.
Do not use tampons or menstrual cups (moon cups) until after your 6 week check with your GP. They could increase your risk of infection.