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Postpartum Problems

Postpartum Problems

WebMD Feature

You can't help but marvel at all your body has endured in the past nine months. Now that the pregnancy is (finally) over, you've been rewarded with a living, breathing wonder -- and a new title: Mom. Coming to terms with your new role, while learning how to care for your baby, can be overwhelming for any woman.

Like just about everything else in your life, your body faces significant changes in the weeks and months following your baby's birth. In this postpartum period, which begins immediately after delivery, your body will heal from childbirth, rebuild its strength and begin to regain its pre-pregnancy shape.

The more you know about what to expect, the better prepared you'll be to cope with the physical and emotional changes that come post-pregnancy.

Symptoms

Women may experience a wide range of postpartum problems, some more serious than others and each with its own symptoms. Some of the more common problems include:

  • Postpartum infections, (including uterine, bladder, or kidney infections)
  • Excessive bleeding after delivery
  • Pain in the perineal area (between the vagina and the rectum)
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breast problems, such as swollen breasts, infection and clogged ducts
  • Stretch marks
  • Hemorrhoids and constipation
  • Urinary or fecal (stool) incontinence
  • Hair loss
  • Postpartum depression
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Difficulty regaining your pre-pregnancy shape

Causes and Treatment

Postpartum Hemorrhage

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