We are all familiar with the first, second and third trimester during pregnancy, as these time periods are talked about quite often among pregnant women and read about in articles about women’s health tips during pregnancy.
But what about those three months after the baby is born?
This time frame, which is often referred to as the fourth trimester, are very important to the baby’s development, as well as the relationship that is formed between mother and baby. This time period sets the stage for long-term health and well-being. There are a lot of physical, mental and social changes that occur during the weeks after childbirth, and it’s important for all moms to take care of themselves so they don’t fall too deep into the challenges that can arise during postpartum.
Almost 70% of women have experienced at least one physical problem within the first year of postpartum. These physical ailments can include fatigue, lack of sleep, pain, difficulty breastfeeding, lack of sexual desire and urinary incontinence.
New mothers may also experience physical changes to the body after giving birth, such as bleeding or vaginal discharge, sore and/or leaking breasts as she gets used to breastfeeding, and mood swings due to hormonal changes. These mood swings may be barely noticeable for some, but for others there is risk of postpartum depression, where intense feelings of sadness and anxiety may take over and affect her ability to properly take care of herself, and her baby.
These feelings are normal and happen to many mothers, so don’t be ashamed to talk about it. If you are experiencing this, please do reach out to your friends, family, or even a female OBGYN who understands what you are going through. Having that support system is crucial to this recovery period.
This toolkit, along with help from your OBGYN and healthcare providers, will certainly help you through this transition period, and allow you to recover from birth, nurture your infant, and be the best mother you can be.
The fourth trimester is a beautiful time in both you and your baby’s life, and it is very important that you take proper care of yourself during this time. If you would like to speak with a female Fort Lauderdale obstetrician about how to care for yourself, mentally and physically, Dr. Ghea is the top OBGYN in Plantation to call. Call Westside OBGYN Group at 954-473-2011 to schedule an appointment, or submit a request online.