Pregnancy- An Aftermath

on 02/16/2016 - 07:51 am

There can be nothing more beautiful than giving birth to a new life. Motherhood is perhaps the most significant turning point in a woman’s life other than her marriage. Those nine months were critical indeed, and you had felt anxious every passing day. Regular visits to your gynecologist, following a planned diet, taking extra health care, monitoring the fetus as it gradually took a human form, the excitement as well as stress that had built up over time- all came to an end post delivery. Or did they?


A mother and her baby need the most attention and care during the post natal period, spanning the six weeks after childbirth. A woman may be prone to bouts of depression- from mild to severe- during and after her pregnancy. This is a very common problem and almost 13% of pregnant women go through this phase. The most common symptoms are


  • Feeling restless or moody
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Feelings of hopelessness at times
  • eating and sleeping too little or too much
  • losing interest in pleasures and activities you used to enjoy a lot
  • ‘sex blues’, or sexual passivity
  • Isolating yourself from friends and family on an emotional level 


The symptoms may vary, and if they continue for more than two weeks, you should consult a doctor.


There are several reasons behind post partum depression or depression after childbirth. Hormonal factors play a major role in this. We all know that hormones directly affect the brain chemistry that rules our moods and emotions. A steep fall in the estrogen and progesterone level post pregnancy greatly impacts a woman’s mental health.


Increased weight and post pregnancy belly often triggers a lack of confidence and self esteem. You stop eating properly and this adversely affects your health. Indeed, it is difficult to get rid of that bulging belly fat despite rigorous workouts. If you have had a beautiful figure before your pregnancy, the shock of obesity may affect you more than others.


Before you became pregnant, you were sexually active and would have regular intercourse with your partner. A healthy sex life was a continued source of marital bliss till you got pregnant. Many women lose their sexual urge after child birth, and there are several underlying factors which lead to this.


First and foremost, exhaustion from child birth and child care post delivery often leads to a lack of interest in physical intimacy with your spouse. At the same time, we become conscious of our body structure and this in turn results in lowered self-confidence. Loose vagina and weak pelvic muscles can often cause a psychological trauma in women.


As observed by Dr. Arnold Kegel, stronger and tighter pelvic muscles help you experience better orgasms. The pelvic floor muscles are directly related to the amount of pleasure you feel during intercourse. This is why doctors recommend kegel exercises for pelvic floor strengthening to mothers of newborns.


Women’s Pelvic Surgery of New Jersey is one-of-a-kind in this regard and has all the modern technical equipments to treat you effectively.


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