If you’re looking for information on postpartum body changes or you’re experiencing postpartum symptoms you’ve come to the right place.
Life after pregnancy is… hectic. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?! And if you survived the labor cramps, you are already a hero.
That pain is incomparable and most of all unforgettable.
Life, after I gave birth, was different. I had a new love in my life. But from a different point of view, it was troubling.
Where Do I Begin?!…
During the 3 days I was in the hospital I was in pain or rather soreness. It was a natural birth, but the doctor still had to do an incision (episiotomy because the baby was not coming out) and I was so sore afterward.
It was so hard to lay in the uncomfortable hospital bed.
Moreover, I was exhausted and the nurses made it even worse (they kept checking on me every 30 minutes). I could not sleep at all and I barely ate. I looked awful.
They offered me to have the baby taken to a special room so I could rest, but I refused. I did not want to separate from her.
Anyhow, the 3 days that I spent in the hospital were awful but still special (the first 3 days spent with my precious newborn).
The discomfort still lingered after I left the hospital. But I was about to face more issues.
Let me break it down so you could better understand.
1. SORENESS FROM EPISIOTOMY
It was difficult to sit down, go to the restroom or just simply walk (I probably sound like a whiner, I am sure C-section recovery is way more painful).
I used cooling spray and pads, but the numbing effect was temporary.
I soon realized I had hemorrhoids as well. The worst combination ever. I wasn’t feeling well at all. On top of that, I had a newborn to take care of and attend her 100%, but I was struggling to keep myself together.
This ordeal lasted around 2 weeks until I decided I could not take it anymore and I had to find a solution.
Finally Found my Relief!!!
One night, I was going through my bathroom drawers trying to find something that would ease my pain. And I did!!!
What I found not only eased my pain but completely treated my symptoms. Who knew that the solution to my problems was sitting in my bathroom!
I had bought a bunch of essential oils in the past because I used them on my face. From my vast organic/natural product collection I randomly chose (I had not done any prior research) coconut oil and tea tree oil.
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On a pad, I poured a few drops of tea tree oil (I didn’t even care that I was applying it undiluted directly on my skin that is how sore I was) and gently touched the sore areas (incision area, hemorrhoids area).
The cooling effect was instant! After this, I applied a good amount of 100 % coconut oil.
I was already feeling so much better and I went to bed. Should I mention that the next morning my hemorrhoids were almost gone along with my soreness??
I was absolutely shocked. If only I had done that before!
When I went for my follow up appointment to my OBGYN I told him to remember my recipe and tell about it to every single patient who happens to face the same symptoms. I highly recommend these 2 ingredients to anybody going through this!
When you are in pain anything is worth a try. I only had to repeat the steps for a couple of days (I did it every time I went to the bathroom) and I was completely healed.
I do have to mention that because it is so thin, the skin around the incision area took a long time to fully regenerate. Even to this day (1 year later) I still have a tiny bit of sensitivity.
2. HAIR LOSS
One problem came after another: hair loss. And I am not talking about a strand or too, I am talking about locks.
I literally had bald spots around my hairline. When I was washing my hair, I used to pull out clumps. This disaster happened overnight, with no warning. I was not prepared for this.
Apparently, this is common and is due to hormonal changes. It did not last long and my hair started to grow back thanks to these products that I think stimulated my hair growth.
- Castor oil is well known for promoting hair growth, so I used anything I could find castor oil based (shampoo, conditioner, mask; I am a big fan of Shea Moisture)
*Additionally, I kept taking my prenatals as usual. Based on my readings healthy diet and normal levels of zinc, iron, vitamin D may alleviate the severity of the hair loss.
3. WEIRD BODY ODOR
As if my problems were not enough, my armpits started to smell funky. I was putting a ton of deodorant (and my deodorant is a very good one that never failed me; I use Native because it is aluminum-free, but hey I found a cheaper alternative Arm & Hammer) and still smelled weird.
I knew a friend of mine experienced the same problem, so I was not alarmed. This symptom did not last long either, a couple of weeks I would say.
4. OILY HAIR
At the time I had the body odor situation going on, I also noticed that my hair used to get oily faster, no matter what I used.
I was already using my castor oil concoction and I did not want to change that. But I did try these 100% vegan hair products and I actually liked them. I give them thumbs up.
My favorite product is their Leave-In Spray. That is all I use on my damp hair. You can get it for cheaper at Marshalls or TJMAxx stores.
Now it does not mean that you have to get a ton of products and spend thousands of dollars. Our body goes through a lot of strain, but it has its own way and rhythm of recovery.
Thus, sooner or later everything will settle down and go back to normal. You will recover, your hormones will stabilize and you will feel normal again.
5. WEIGHT LOSS
This is a biggie, right?! I gained 50 lbs with my pregnancy and I was extremely swollen. I pretty much ate all I wanted, but I never ate after 6 – 6:30 pm.
And even though I was not eating that much I was still gaining weight.
After giving birth I lost 20 lbs in the 3 days that I was in the hospital. I was very happy and I thought losing the baby weight would be a piece of cake.
But the remaining 30 lbs were the hardest to burn. It took me 3 months total to go back to my initial weight and I think the things that made a difference were:
- Not eating after 6 -6:30 pm
- Eating cabbage as a side for all my dishes (pretty boring)
- Eating avocado
*If you have a sweet tooth like I do, I strongly recommend BarkThins– they will satisfy your craving.
I shamingly admit that I did not exercise, but you will probably agree that all the activities and movements involved when taking care of your baby do feel like an exercise.
After giving birth, I also wore this Postpartum Recovery Belly Wrap for 3 months. I think it really helped for my uterus to shrink faster and kept my waist tight.
6. KERATOSIS PILARIS (white bumps on arms and legs)
Immediately after giving birth my arms and legs became invaded by these white bumps. They look like pimples and you so want to pick on them, but they get worse if you do.
Don’t do it!
I tried to get rid of them with moisturizers (coconut oil), which seemed to help a little.
The bumps on the legs solved on their own after 6 months, but I still have them on my arms.
UPDATE: I accidentally found a solution for my postpartum keratosis pilaris. Read all about it in Fastest Way To Get Rid Of Keratosis Pilaris
Until next time,