I recently delivered and have lately been experiencing a lot of hair fall. Are the two connected in any way?
Remember the days during your pregnancy when everyone was complimenting your lush hair? This was all thanks to the pregnancy hormones. On a daily basis, our scalp loses 100 strands of hair per day, but we fail to notice as this doesn't happen in one go. During pregnancy, the change in hormones stops this daily shedding leading to thicker hair. Once we are done with that phase, all that extra hair starts to shed because your hormones are changing again. Don't worry, your scalp is only heading back to normalcy.
I'm suddenly sweating a lot after delivery. Is this normal?
This is a very common complaint after delivery. You perspire more because it is one of the ways to shed all the extra water that you retained during the pregnancy. It must be uncomfortable, so just wear light cotton clothing as much as possible. If you perspire more in the night, use a towel or pillow so it can absorb the sweat.
I am hungry all the time even after delivering the baby. I'm scared I'll gain more weight. Is this a postpartum symptom?
As long as you're eating healthy, you won't put on weight even if you're eating more than you used to before pregnancy. Why? Because post-delivery spike in hunger generally happens if you're nursing the baby. Breastfeeding alone can burn upto 500 calories per day. Even if you're not nursing, your body will still be producing milk and that is why the extra hunger. Also, recovering from labour needs energy. As long as you're not binging on unhealthy food, you should be fine.
I have just delivered a baby but I'm having problems with regular bowel movements and experience pain while pooping. Is everything all right?
This can be for a number of reasons. One, because your stomach muscles are stretched and weakened due to the delivery. Second, even bowel needs some time to come back to normalcy. To make it better, eat whole grains, drink lot of liquids, and take a stroll in the park to move your bowels. If necessary, go for a laxative but not without consulting your practitioner.
Swollen feet during pregnancy are understandable. But I still have them after the delivery. Should I be worried?
The swelling will disappear in a week or two as the body will eliminate the extra water that it retained while you were pregnant. Urinating and perspiring more than usual are ways of body to shed all that extra water.
After the baby is born, how soon can I have sex?
Have some patience and give your body some time. Whether it is a vaginal delivery or a C-section, your body will need some time to recuperate. Delivering a baby is a physically draining process. You might not even feel like having intercourse for some time, and that's completely normal. Many doctors suggest waiting four to six weeks before resuming intercourse. This will provide time for your cervix to close and heal.