5 ways "downstairs" might change after giving birth
Often a taboo topic, but a conversation worth having – there is no denying that our lady bits change after giving birth. But you are not alone. These changes are in fact very normal and even if you had a C-Section, it doesn’t mean you won’t experience some of these issues.
First things first, there is no denying that you’re going to feel tender after giving birth. A huge amount of pressure is placed on your privates making them swollen and achy and this can take some time to die down. Added to this is tearing, which is extremely common in childbirth. The perineum (the area of skin between your vagina and bottom) is paper-thin and very susceptible to tearing during childbirth. Depending on the degree of the tear (these can range from a first degree, right through to a fourth-degree), these can heal over the course of afew weeks, while more serious tears may require stitches.
During pregnancy out hormones go crazy and there is an enormous surge in oestrogen, which courses through our body. Once you have had your baby, this hormone drops substantially, which can cause some dryness in your vagina. Breastfeeding can play a part in this too as doing so also keeps your oestrogen levels lower than normal (your body is working hard to make all that milk). One way to alleviate this is to keep some lubricant handy for when you want to have sex – this will help to make it more pleasurable and reduce any chances of pain due to the dryness. In some cases, your doctor might also prescribe you oestrogen, which can help to increase moisture in the area.
Period flow changes
Again, oestrogen plays a part when it comes to your period and this is something that changes a lot for many after having a baby. When you finally do get your period back- which can at times take four to six weeks - it can vary from being lighter or heavier. This comes down to your uterine lining becoming thinner and if you are breastfeeding, this can lower your oestrogen which can also result in a lighter period and vice versa, a thicker uterine lining thanks to a surge in oestrogen will create a much heavier period.
Scared to jump on a trampoline after having a baby? You’re not alone. The pelvic floor can be compromised when you are pregnant and childbirth can also affect this and it’s very common, just not spoken about very often. Running and jumping can result in a small amount of pee escaping but the good news is that you can strengthen your pelvic floor over time – a great tip is to practice your pelvic floor exercises at every red light you stop at – it forms a habit that will help to alleviate this issue over time.
Orgasms may change
Another result of a weakened pelvic floor is a reduction in the intensity of your orgasms. An orgasm is a contraction of these muscles, so if this area is weaker, these contractions won’t be as strong. But, the good news for those who want to regain their sex life (after some decent sleep), you can get those orgasms strong again by strengthening your pelvic floor as we mention above.
Did you suffer from any of these side effects from childbirth?