Post - Pregnancy Discomfort

You probably expected to face some discomfort after pregnancy. But in reality, you might have to experience days and weeks post pregnancy problems. From bloated breasts to severe body aches, prepare yourself for potential post - pregnancy problems.

Body Aches

You may experience aches all over your body. It is pretty common for your ribs, abdomen and back to feel sore and painful. Experts say that with all the pushing and contortions involved in labour, it is perfectly normal to feel washed out, tired and painful. However, the discomfort usually last only for a few days and can be treated by using painkillers.


Since the baby has now come out, now, the uterus has to contract back to its original size. Many women actually feel this happening as they experience abdominal aches and flutters that become more pronounced during breastfeeding. If the pain becomes too much to bear, consult your doctor. In any case, try to endure it as it doesn't usually last longer than a week.

Enlarged Breasts

One of the best ways to deal with enlarged breasts is to let your baby latch on to your breasts while breastfeeding and make sure that the breast is completely drained whenever you are nursing it. If your child has difficulty in latching on, try using a pump to stimulate flow. You can use ice packs if the pain becomes too much.

Excessive Bleeding

Most new mothers expect some blood at delivery. But many don't realize that the bleeding continues well after the baby is born. The flow could continue up to 4 weeks after child birth though it should start receding after 2 - 3 days. It is likely that you will notice an increase in flow during nursing because breastfeeding causes uterine contractions. However, if you experience any big gushes after the first few days, be sure to report them to the doctor.

Sweat During Sleep

New mothers often experience excessive sweating in the nights after delivery. Night sweats in the first few days after delivery are a part of the body's natural hormonal adjustment process. It happens because you are still retaining lots of fluids from pregnancy and sweating is one way your body expels it. There is no need to worry about the excess sweating as it will decrease in a few days.