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recovery from birth

Your Body After Birth

Your body after birth might feel quite unfamiliar to you for a while and you may need some time to rest, recover and heal. Every woman is different, some women bounce back after pregnancy and birth while others need longer to feel well again. Your body after birth – the first week… You may look like you are 4-5 months pregnant for a few weeks because your stomach muscles will stay soft for a while. You will experience lochia – bloodloss – which will be like a heavy, clotty period. You will need to change your maternity pads very regularly throughout the day. This can be heavy for the first couple of weeks before it becomes more like a normal period. Clots probably won’t be any bigger than a 50p and there shouldn’t be an odour. If you are unsure about anything, you can check with your midwife and your GP. It can last for up to 6 weeks. If you have given birth vaginally, you will most probably feel stretched and out of shape. …

pregnancy mental health

Mental Health In Pregnancy

Mental health in pregnancy can be a big issue for a lot of women. Pregnancy is a huge time of change and while it can be full of happiness, excitement and hope, it can also be a time of anxiety, stress, worries and low mood. Some of these issues can be very manageable but some women can struggle and they may need some additional support. Mental health in pregnancy can be affected by a number of issues which include: pre-existing mental health issues, lack of support, fear, stressful situations, pregnancy after loss, worries about pregnancy complications, health problems and having no-one to talk with about some of these issues. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, depression and anxiety are the most common mental health issues during pregnancy, affecting 10-15 in every 100 pregnant women. There are some things you can do which might ease anxiety/depression, or help you manage it better… *Try to eat regularly and as healthily as possible*Rest and sleep*Talk to people – partner, friends, practitioner or therapist*Exercise: it doesn’t have to …