Postpartum

What is the period of pregnancy?

It is the period that begins with a sperm provided by a man, surviving among the millions of sperm that he ejaculates inside the wife’s womb, where the rest of the sperm melts, as a result of acidity, for this sperm to fertilize the egg provided by the mother, which is present in one of the fallopian tubes.

This period is considered one of the most distinct periods for mothers, as a result of the physical and psychological changes that are attributed to it, which is due to the increased secretion of the body by the hormones progesterone and estrogen that are responsible for preparing the mother’s body to receive the new guest, and to help its growth as well.

What are the symptoms of pregnancy ?

The symptoms of pregnancy begin to appear in succession from the first pregnancy days, as the menopause is one of the first signs that the mother notices, and then the rest of the symptoms and signs begin to appear.

Where blood drops (bloody bleeding) appear when the mother scans the vagina, as a result of the implantation process, which is the fertilized egg in the fallopian tube to move towards the uterus and stick to its wall.

A number of other signs appear, such as nausea and vomiting, especially in the morning, the frequent need to sleep and feel tired and tired, in addition to the mother’s need to urinate frequently, with a pungent smell of urine.

How can pregnancy be detected?

The mother can discover the health of the pregnancy by doing one of the following checks:

  • The examination using blood analysis: It is the most accurate examination, as it measures the percentage of pregnancy hormone in the blood, and this examination is carried out in the doctor’s office, and it is considered to be somewhat expensive.
  • Sonar examination: This examination is considered a little expensive, as it is done in the doctor’s office, and it can delay the detection of the fetus due to its failure to form yet.
  • Home examination: It is the cheapest and the most available of the tests, it also gives a correct result often, and it can be done easily at home.

The mother needs to cut doubt about the certainty of these symptoms, to ensure that they are pregnancy symptoms, and not a false pregnancy or may be the result of any disease that requires a doctor’s review.

 

Mom keeps miniature hand newborn baby in hands
Mom keeps a miniature hand newborn baby in hands

What is postpartum?

It is the period of return of the pregnant mother’s body to its normal state after the birth period, usually six weeks from the third period of pregnancy, which is the placenta.

This period comes after birth, whether it is a normal or caesarean delivery, and blood is released during it, as in the menstrual period, and it is considered one of the most important and difficult periods for mothers, and therefore it requires follow-up and special attention from the family and from the mother himself as well.

How long is the postpartum period?

The duration of the postpartum period varies from one body to another, as a result of several factors, as according to the Islamic religion, the postpartum period is forty days. 

The blood begins to descend during the first week in a light red color, then it becomes dark, then after that it becomes dark brown. It is possible that the bleeding will stop during the first three weeks, and it may also continue for a longer period in the form of a few drops of blood, but if the bleeding continues for long periods and in large quantities, see a doctor immediately.

What advice can be given to the mother during the postpartum period?

  • The mother must get enough rest, as she can coordinate the child’s sleep times with their sleep times, or try to use the family to sit with the little boy in the period when the mother is comfortable.
  • She should avoid foods that cause constipation, such as spicy, fatty, difficult to digest or salty.
  • The mother should avoid the intimate relationship until the wound heals and the bleeding stops, so as not to cause any bleeding or reopening of the wound.
  • The mother must not rush to return to exercise, at least in the period of one and a half months after birth, and can walk for a period not exceeding fifteen minutes after the first two weeks of birth in the case of a natural birth, but in the case of caesarean section it is preferable to be after three weeks .
  • She should eat more herbal teas, natural juices, water, and any other liquid.
  • She should warm herself, and not be exposed to any cold airflow.
  • She does not have to do any housework during the first week of childbirth, and she should avoid pushing or carrying heavy objects.

During this period, the mother must pay careful attention to the wound’s health, and clean it to avoid inflammation, and she must pay attention that the correct way to dry it is by using towels and not using the usual toilet paper, so as not to get stuck with the suture stitches, and they should use soft, sanitary napkins. And change it constantly so as not to cause any irritation, in addition to using a small towel only once. 

 

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