Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-03

Recovery time after giving birth

Physiologically speaking, how long does it take on average for a woman' s body to recover to ' normal'  after having given birth? What are the risks to her ability to successfully conceive and bare a child should she become pregnant before that time of healing is completed?

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Dear Anonymous
Most women still have some vaginal bleeding (Lochia) for up to 4 weeks after giving birth, the muscles of the stomach and pelvis can stay flabby for a month or 3 due to hormonal changes. If a woman breast feeds regularly through 24 hours of the day they may not ovulate for the period they breastfeed and a few months afterwards, but if not, they may start ovulating again 4 weeks after giving birth. Usually sex can be resumed 6 weeks after giving birth. There will be no danger to getting pregnant shortly after giving birth although it puts a strain on the body to be pregnant while provide breast milk to the new baby and with interrupted sleeping. It may also be very strenuous to have 2 small babies to look after. If this happens the mother needs to take vitamin and iron supplements too
Dr Bets

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