5 Problems Likely Faced After Giving Birth

5 Problems That Women Are Likely To Face After Giving Birth

After giving birth, all you want to do is snuggle your baby. You get a high knowing the life that was blooming inside of you is there. All we ever want to do is drink them up, and pour them all our love. However, sometimes things do not go as planned. Complications can occur either immediately after giving birth, or months after.

We are still in the Stories of Awareness in the Winter ABC Festival. In my quest to share unfiltered conversations about pregnancy and postpartum, I thought it best to write this. Hopefully, this can be helpful to someone.

It is very important to know that some of these issues are hard to diagnose. Also important to note is that if not well diagnosed, some might lead to death. However, I am not trying to scare you, just something for you to keep in mind.

5 Problems That Women Are Likely To Face After Giving Birth

Before I start sharing what these problems are, I also want to make it clear that health experts disagree with some. Health experts associate some of these issues with other underlying health issues and not necessarily effects of pregnancy. Another important thing to note is that some, if not most, are likely to cause mental health problems.

With that said, let us begin.

Likely problem after giving birth: Tooth Decay

This is something I am scared might kick my ass later. I was diagnosed with gingivitis during my first trimester. At the time, my gums kept swelling and bleeding. This would lead to migraines and so much pain.

Chewing was hard at the time, so was consuming anything salty. Immediately, the dentist recommended treatment. I had to have my teeth cleaned every two months.

The teeth cleaning was put on hold during my second visit. I had made them aware that I was still vomiting twice a day. They feared that my teeth might have weakened due to that. It was best to only go back after giving birth.

When I went back this year, again I made them known that I had vomited the whole nine months. As a matter of fact, I had vomited a lot on the day of my c-section.

They recommended waiting six months, however, they did warn me that I could experience teeth decay later in life.

Alopecia

Alopecia areata, commonly referred to as just alopecia, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own hair follicles, causing hair to fall out, often in clumps. The definition is by FDA.

That moment at the 2022 OSCARS should remind you.

It is common for women to lose hair four months after giving birth. This is highly attributed to the drop in hormones. However, a lot of heath experts assure women that they should start noticing hair growth by their babies’ first birthday.

However, I have met women who have permanent hair loss after they gave birth. Most of them have to constantly hide under wigs or head wraps.

Likely problem after giving birth: Caesarean Wounds

Having birth through caesarean, I can attest that this is no child’s play. This is a high risk procedure, which has it’s own issues during healing.

It is perfect to talk about this now as it is winter. The wounds, regardless that they are fully healed, irritate during the cold season. It is currently cold in Malawi, and often I feel like the wound is being ripped open. If it is not that, then it gets so itchy.

The discomfort is hard to describe. More shocking to me was to find out that this feeling never goes away. A lot of older women that gave birth through a c-section still experience problems till their death.

One advise is to always make sure you are warm. Warmth should always be your bestfriend.

Blood Clots in Legs, Lungs, or Pelvic Organs

There has been a study that shows that women who have undergone c-section are likely to develop blood clots in their legs. This risk is very high for those that undergo a unplanned c-section.

This is often caused by deep vein thrombosis which leads to inflammation in the legs. It also causes pain and swelling to occur. The blood clots that develop are likely to travel to the lungs and cause coughing and shortness of breath.

One way to prevent the blood clots is making sure that you are mobile moments after a c-section. Staying idle for a long time will out you at a higher risk of developing them.

Uterus Removal

One of the scariest problems after giving birth is the likelihood of having your uterus removed. This is referred to as hysterectomy. There are so many reasons why they would need to have your uterus removed after birth. The most common reason is excessive bleeding after giving birth.

This surgery is done to save a woman’s life. Other reasons it is done are:

  • womb rapture during childbirth
  • fibroids
  • blood clotting
  • blood vessel injury
  • problem with womb contraction
  • placenta lying over the cervix

Sometimes, women are not given much chance to process this procedure. Consulting a therapist is needed to get over the trauma it may cause.

Please share more issues women are likely to face after giving birth in the comment section below.

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7 Comments

  1. I had a surgery three months ago and I can attest to the fact that the incision site has been itchy since the cold began. Please don’t tell me I might be dealing with this forever

  2. 11 months later and I can’t feel part of my skin near the incision. Still feels numb. I’m not sure how normal that is.

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