If you thought that labour and delivery are the only phases of a mother’s life where she has to suffer unbearable pain, then you have no idea what the postpartum period holds for her. Of course, the aches and pains that follow post childbirth aren't as intolerable as labour pains, but it can definitely dampen her spirits and cause a lot of discomfort. Here are some of the postpartum pains a mother has to go through:
Breast pains: Right after the delivery, when the breasts start to produce milk, they become larger in size. If the baby doesn’t latch on correctly to suckle, then the milk is not drained from the breasts completely. This could lead to engorgement, soreness and pain. Apart from this, sore and cracked nipples can also lead to painful breasts.
Vaginal Pains: Post labour and delivery, it takes some time for the vagina to heal and be pain-free. However, vaginal pain is common after pregnancy; more so if episiotomy was performed on the mother and if she suffers from postpartum constipation. The pressure during bowel movements can affect the episiotomy stitches if they haven't healed completely.
Perineal pains: Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between vaginal and perineal pain. Haemorrhoids, constipation and general soreness of the area makes the muscles of the pelvic floor sore and painful. Perineal pains, in fact, make it difficult for a mother to sit long hours and breastfeed.
Post-operative pain: This is common in women who undergo a c-section. Remember, c-section is a major abdominal surgery and postoperative pains are common knowledge. A reason why adequate bed rest is suggested to women who undergo c-section so the scar heals and the pain subsides. They are also advised to avoid lifting weights for at least three months after the surgery.
UTI infections and pains: Postpartum UTI is common, but if the bacterium travels through the bladder to the kidneys, it can lead to painful urination along with burning sensations.
What you can do: Most of these aches and pains settle with time. However, if they persist for too long, it is better to get them checked by your doctor, lest you want an infection that could make your health deteriorate further during the postpartum phase.