Pregnancy and labour are very stressful for mothers, both mentally and physically. But it is all worth it in the end when you finally have that bundle of joy in your arms for the first time.
In this article, we will be discussing some of the stresses pregnancy and labour put on the body and what we as mothers can do to alleviate them.
Let us take a look at the psychological stresses first. Some of them include:
Most people believe that once a mother gives birth, she should be on cloud nine and if she isn’t, she is just ungrateful about her blessing. This is not entirely true. With pregnancy and labour comes a massive change in hormonal balance and this can lead to irritability, sadness, and anxiety while pregnant and after giving birth. Usually, this goes away in a few days, however, if it last over a month, the mother should seek medical assistance as this might be a precursor to Postpartum depression.
It is often said that the first stage of sex is mental, and this is very true. One has to get into the mood to do the deed. However, due to hormonal imbalance, along with pains and the need to heal after giving birth, new mothers often experience a huge drop in their sex drive.
Now that we have established a few mental stresses let us look into the physical stress and strain placed on the body due to pregnancy and labour. These include:
At birth, the skin between the anus and the vagina, or the perineum, can tear or is cut to allow the baby to pass through. As a result, the mother will feel discomfort whenever she tries to pass waste, sit and even cough. This is known as an episiotomy. It is not uncommon for haemorrhoids to form and can also be coupled with constipation.
During birth, a mother can expect very painful contractions. This will continue even after giving birth.
Long and complicated vaginal births cause those muscle to strain as they stretch and come under a lot of pressure. This will make it much harder to control bowel movements, and urination and new mothers tend to experience several accidents.
Before you start to dread the idea, you should know that there are some ways to relieve this stress. Some of these include:
Giving birth is not an excuse to lie around all day doing nothing. You need to keep active unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. This should involve light exercise such as taking a stroll in your neighbourhood, some yoga in your living room and Kegels to repair your vaginal muscles. This way, your recovery period will be sped up, and in no time, you will be back to your usual self.
A pregnancy massage in Singapore or a prenatal massage is a great idea for relieving stress before giving birth. It relaxes the body and mind and helps to get the mother in the frame of mind for childbirth.
For relaxation and rejuvenation purposes, a post-delivery massage for mother is a must. It promotes both mental and physical well-being and can help to reduce belly size, reduce water retention and relaxes the muscles.
Therapy is not just for crazy people. Everyone stands to benefit from seeking help with their mental state, especially pregnant women and new mothers who have undergone a huge imbalance in their hormones. The therapist will be able to keep you calm, address issues, and prepare you for what is to come.
You do not have to go through all of this on your own. There are people out there that are willing to help, and there are things out there you can do to alleviate this stress yourself. All you have to do is be willing and open-minded then everything will fall into place.