Keep Your Health In Check After Conceiving
Becoming a mother can be challenging in many ways. From developing a fifth sense that keeps us worried while our baby grows and develops, to having to follow our toddlers around once they have discovered they can crawl and even walk, women’s health after childbirth can be affected profoundly.
From the risk of endometrial cancer increasing and the likelihood of new mothers suffering postnatal depression rising, to being prone to gain weight and develop urinary incontinence, motherhood is in many ways a real game changer to those who conceive.
If you would like to know how your health is affected by becoming a mother, read on. You will discover ways in which you can also significantly prevent the numerous effects of motherhood on your health.
It is a well-known fact that pregnancy has a tremendous effect on our backs. Research published in the journal Orthopedics found that 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women develop lower back pain at some point during their pregnancy. This pain usually goes away after the mother has given birth, but it some occasions it persists over time, specially if you have neglected to look after yourself while being pregnant or immediately after. Back pain can also at times develop well after having conceived. Actions like picking up your child can put massive stress on your back joints, and over time, these are strained to the point of causing pain. By visiting your local chiropractic office, you will ensure you treat back pain and prevent it from happening or recurring during and after your pregnancy.
Urinary incontinence usually appears as result of the stress the vagina suffers when giving birth to a child. Hormone changes during pregnancy are also a likely cause for a woman to develop urinary incontinence. This together with the pressure your unborn child places on your uterus and as a result, on your bladder could lead to you developing the nasty condition. Some of its symptoms are the involuntary release of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing and a frequent need to urinate. Check this entry on Urinary Incontinence by the Mayo Clinic for more information on the condition.
In the US, 11 to 20 percent of women who give birth suffer from postpartum depression every year. This is a high number for a condition that is often a taboo in our society. Postnatal depression usually starts with something called the “Baby Blues,” which occurs a week after the baby is born. It is rare for this condition to last longer than two weeks and during this time, the mother experiences anxious and sad feelings. If your symptoms continue for longer than this period or start later, you could be suffering from postnatal depression. Check for feelings of constant low mood, lack of energy, being unable to sleep at night and difficulty bonding with your baby. Visit one of these clinics for further help.