3 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT POST-PREGNANCY - Real Talk with Dr. Rejuvenation
Hi, I'm Dr. Aimee Nguyen, also known as Dr. Rejuvenation. Today we're going to talk about three things that no one ever tells you happens to your body after you have a baby. Now granted, some of us have really easy childbirths. That wasn't the case for my first one. I think it's the curse of being a physician. I pushed for three to four hours, was in labor for 24 hours. It was not easy. But what I did not realize, the worst thing I thought about having the post-care afterwards was how painful it was down below just from the tearing. It is so incredibly tender, and I remember it hurt for six to eight weeks before that area healed. I was probably sitting like this for awhile just because it was so uncomfortable.
Number two is constipation and hemorrhoids are a real thing. I felt what helped me most was probably those ice packs that almost look like a maxi pad that has ice in was helpful, but I think what was even more helpful was that spray. There's a numbing spray. It feels really good. You stick in the refrigerator, and it would just numb the area down below.
Number three is it's not uncommon for us to leak a little bit of pee pee when we cough, or sneeze, or laugh. It's not uncommon during pregnancy, but oftentimes it can happen and stay even after pregnancy. Sometimes that can resolve six months after pregnancy. You can do Kegel exercises to help strengthen up the vaginal muscles down below. That type of leakage is because of muscle weakness. So we can tighten and tone those vaginal muscles, and it can help resolve that mild urinary leakage that you have.
Those were my common takeaways that I took away from my first delivery. Second baby was much easier, but I thought I would share that with all of you guys.