Caring for a new baby is hard enough, but additionally, new mamas have their own colorful array of health issues...
Caring for a new baby is hard enough, but additionally, new mamas have their own colorful array of health issues to worry about after the birth. Super... right? baby blues, depression after baby, feeling depressed, great sadness, loss of appetite, Postpartum depression, prevent the baby blues, Signs of postpartum depression, treatments for postpartum depression, trouble sleeping, weight loss Luckily, many health issues that occur after you give birth won't be that bad for too long. There are exceptions. For example, if you experience excessive bleeding, a fever or nausea and vomiting then you could have a serious problem and should call your midwife or doctor right away. Also keep in mind that while new mama breakdowns (like crying) happen, depression can be a real danger. Know the signs of postpartum depression vs. the baby blues so that you can tell your midwife or doctor right away if you feel depressed. Watch out for these major postpartum danger signs! Beyond the serious stuff, there are common postpartum worries you can solve on your own most of the time, such as... Sore perineum - many mamas experience uncomfortable swelling, pain, and itching in the perineum area after giving birth. NOT A SHOCK. You just pushed a baby out of a very small area! Most hospitals and health care providers will recommend pain relief options like ice packs, sitz baths and a numbing spray such as Dermoplast. However, a safer and more natural option is witch hazel. You can use witch hazel on your sore perineum, along with other swollen body parts, varicose veins and even use it to help ease hemorrhoid itching. Cramping - cramps, also called afterpains, are common for first-time mamas. If you're a second time mama, the cramping may feel worse. Breastfeeding makes cramps worse as well, but you shouldn't quit breastfeeding because of it. Try to remember to take a midwife or doctor recommended pain medication about a half hour before you breastfeed. Also keep in mind that these cramps will go away very soon. Bleeding - bleeding is a normal, not dangerous occurrence after giving birth. Some mamas don't bleed much and just experience spotting. Bleeding usually goes on for about six weeks on and off. Keep organic, chlorine-free maxi pads on hand and watch the flow, which should taper off. If bleeding slowly gets worse, tell your health care provider right away. [image via morgueFile]

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