The Body after Pregnancy and Childbirth

by | July 10, 2020

Your body has gone through a lot – a long pregnancy and then a birth. As long as you remain in the hospital, the staff can help and advise on bleeding, for example, and dare to go to the toilet if you have had sutures in the genital area.

In the past, new mothers lay in the BB ward for a long time after giving birth. Today, the care time at BB is usually only 1-3 days depending on whether the mother is a firstborn or a grandfather.
Even for those who go home early, it is important to allow the body to recover, to rest. It is a time when it is important to quietly get to know and care for the child ; to dress, wash and change diapers on it. And this is when breastfeeding starts in earnest.

The body after pregnancy and childbirth

Rejection – bleeding after childbirth

Rejection is the blood that comes from the uterus after delivery. The fact that it bleeds is due to the formation of a sore surface where the placenta stuck to the uterine wall during pregnancy. This area gradually decreases as the placenta loosens after delivery, the uterus contracts, and the “wound” heals.
The first days after childbirth, the mother has quite a lot of bleeding, but they gradually cease. The bleeds eventually change to colored flow and usually disappear completely within 6-8 weeks.
As long as you are bleeding, you should refrain from swimming in a pool because of the risk of infection.

Stretch marks

The pelvic floor, vagina and the middle yard have been stretched out and may have had to be stitched after the birth. It can make it uncomfortable or painful to sit or to pee. The staff at BB can show you how to relieve the problems, or provide pain-relieving medication if needed.


It is common to sweat a lot in the first few days after birth. This is partly due to the hormone influx in the body.

Gases in the stomach

It is also common with gases in the stomach and a general feeling of feeling swollen and limp. That’s perfectly normal. Obvious treatment of the abdomen during childbirth is of course noticeable. And the abdominal muscles that have been stretched for nine months need to be trained again.

The uterus resumes normal size – but it takes time

The uterus decreases in size gradually. From being stretched for 9 months, to regaining its normal size (no more than one hen’s egg) after a few months. Breastfeeding causes the uterus to contract well.

To think of

  • You can do a shower right from the start. You should preferably avoid bathing as long as you still have blood mixed rejection as the risk of infection is then increased.
  • If you have a rupture, it usually heals within a few weeks and any stitches will fall away.
  • If you experience pain in the stomach and / or fever, there may be signs of an infection. Then always contact your midwife or doctor.
  • Exercise and squat exercises strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor. Knife exercises can be of benefit to life.