- Some of the typical physical changes women experience immediately after birth are triggered by hormones, which can lead to vaginal dryness and perineal pain which can make sexual intercourse difficult and painful. This is normal and usually only lasts for a couple of weeks but it’s important to communicate honestly with your partner about how you’re feeling without experiencing guilt, and to acknowledge them so they don’t fell neglected or displaced by the baby. Interesting research shows that male partners experience hormonal changes during this time that makes them inclined to be more supportive of their partners so don’t overlook this opportunity to ask for the support and understanding you need!
- Some of the typical emotional issues that present during the post-partum period are:
- Feelings of guilt over what happened or didn’t happen during the birth
- Overwhelm exacerbated by lack of sleep
- Fear of not being a good enough mother
These are normal and constitute what is more commonly known as post-partum “blues” which is different and far less severe than post-partum depression
- There are a number of natural solutions for managing and improving the symptoms of post-partum blues but it’s important to pay attention to more severe symptoms or prolonged duration of symptoms as these could be an indication of post-partum depression or in extreme cases, post-partum psychosis. If you think what you’re experiencing is more intense than the typical post-partum blues then please see your doctor –you may need treatment to keep it from becoming a longer-term condition.
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