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Mental and Pelvic Health Postpartum: What You Need to Know

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

After giving birth, new mothers go through a lot of physical and emotional changes. While many of these changes are natural and expected, some can be overwhelming and lead to more serious health issues. Two of the most common issues women face postpartum are mental health and pelvic health problems. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at both of these issues and what you can do to take care of yourself during this important time.

Pelvic Health Postpartum

Childbirth can take a toll on your pelvic health, particularly if you had a vaginal delivery. Common pelvic health issues postpartum include incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and painful intercourse. If you're experiencing pelvic health issues postpartum, it's important to seek help from a pelvic floor physical therapist.Treatment options may include pelvic floor physical therapy, medication, or surgery. In addition to seeking professional help, there are also things you can do on your own to support your pelvic health postpartum:

  • Kegels and other pelvic floor exercises can help strengthen the muscles that support your pelvic floor.

  • Lifting heavy objects can exacerbate pelvic health issues, so it's important to avoid this type of activity whenever possible.

Diastasis recti is a common condition in pregnant and postpartum women. It occurs when the rectus abdominis muscles separate during pregnancy from being stretched. Ways to prevent Diastasis recti:

  • Having a strong core before pregnancy and working your core during pregnancy.

  • Having good mobility in your core is very important.

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Mental Health Postpartum

Postpartum depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues that women experience after giving birth. These conditions can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, intrusive thoughts, and anxiety that can interfere with your ability to care for yourself and your baby. If you're experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, it's important to seek help from a mental health professional. Treatment options may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. In addition to seeking professional help, there are also things you can do on your own to support your mental health postpartum:

  • Make time for activities that help you relax and recharge.

  • Reach out to friends and family members for emotional support.

  • Sleep deprivation can exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety, so it's important to prioritize getting enough rest whenever possible.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be a beautiful and transformative experience for many women, but it can also come with its fair share of physical and emotional challenges. Mental and pelvic health issues are common postpartum, but they're also highly treatable. You are not stuck in a postpartum body or a postpartum mindset that is not creating a life that you are wanting to live. By seeking help from healthcare professionals and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can take care of yourself during this important time and set the foundation for a happy, healthy future with your new growing family.


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