Vaginal birth is what most women dream of when they get pregnant. Having vaginal birth is more associated with shorter hospital stays and recovery. However, what is not normally talked about are the complications that are likely to happen after. After writing about the complications after giving birth, many of you shared some of your own stories. I decided it was only right to share what women go through after a vaginal birth.
I am very thankful to Thandie for helping me with this post. Remember, we are still in the Stories of Awareness week in the #WinterABC2022 writing festival. Like I said before, this is not to scare anyone. The aim is to make sure ladies have all the information in regards to pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Another important thing to note is that not every woman experiences these complications. Let’s dive in..
Complications That May Occur After A Vaginal Birth
Let me also just say that some of these are common to those that have had a vaginal or c-section birth. I will also try to not be as graphic, although it might not work. Also, I am just as shocked as many of you are, because haibo.
Problems after Vaginal Birth: Tearing
This is something we often hear about. How the vagina tears up during birth. However, one thing they do not tell us is the extent of the tears can get.
Basically, during delivery, there are instances when the vagina does not open wide enough to let the baby get out. There are cases when the tissues around it will tear up as the baby is getting out. Or, the midwives cut you up to extent the passage for the baby.
Sometimes, the tearing goes all the way up to your anus. In such instances, feces and urine are likely to come out of your vagina.
Depending on the tearing that has occurred, you are either stitched up, or left as is. When one has a small tearing, it may likely close on its on. However, taking care of the stitches is no child’s play. Women are told to soak in a salty bath to reduce the risk of infection, swelling, and speed up healing.
Unfortunately, soaking in salt baths gives women a high risk of contracting a urinary tract infection in the urethra. This results in pain during urination, peeing blood, or having pelvic pains.
In the case that one contracts an infection due to not soaking in the salt baths, one may rot while living. Blood or pus is likely to leak from the wound which leaves a bad odor.
This is excessive bleeding after giving birth. Both women who undergo a vaginal birth or a c-section are likely to experience this. One is likely to bleed the few days after giving birth. Some even bleed for weeks. However, this is risky.
If one pad is soaked within an hour, it means you are excessively bleeding. This decreases your blood pressure and restricts blood flow to your organs. If left untreated, it leads to death.
Blood transfusion, uterus massage, and medication to induce contractions help with stopping the bleeding. It is important to be honest with your healthcare in order to get adequate treatment.
Problems after Vaginal Birth: Hernia
When you are pregnant, your body does a lot of changing, especially your stomach. The muscles around it are shifting to make sure they accommodate your baby.
It is every woman’s wish that when they give birth, the bulge completely goes. However, it might linger for sometimes. And other times, you might be left with a postpartum hernia.
This hernia can appear right above your belly button, below, or right in the middle. It often feels like dead skin around the area. Some women have these hernias where it feels like there is a hole right in their stomach.
Postpartum Pelvic Girdle Pain
During pregnancy, most women experience pelvic girdle pain on their lower back, hips, and thighs. After giving birth, we are likely to experience the pain until four to six months.
However, some experience this pain for more years. The exact cause of the prolonged experience of the postpartum pelvic girdle pains is not known. However, some attribute it to hormones and trauma after pregnancy.
Some health experts advice on doing more pelvic floor exercises or physiotherapy.
I must not lie, being someone who underwent a c-section, I feel like I had it easy. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.