Postpartum health for mothers
Body and weight after childbirth
When will my menstrual cycle start again after delivery?
The timing of returned menstruation after pregnancy and delivery varies from person to person. Remember that ovulation happens before menstruation if you want to return to an active sex life and do not wish to become pregnant.
Running after childbirth: Taking it one step at a time and building up strength
Returning to running after pregnancy and childbirth requires time, patience, and an individual strategy. Each person is unique and has different circumstances. It is important to consider the changes in the body and take one step at a time to avoid injuries and promote a healthy recovery. Here, we share some important things to consider when resuming running after childbirth.
Mental illness after childbirth
When it didn't quite turn out the way you thought it would…
Communication and participation are key during childbirth. Between you and your partner, between your care provider and you, and between your partner and your care provider. It can be easier said than done to communicate in the heat of the moment and at the epicenter of the pain.
Baby blues – temporary sadness after childbirth
After childbirth, it’s common for the mother to experience mood swings. Approximately 50-70% of all new mothers experience what is commonly referred to as the baby blues or maternity blues.
Anxiety and depression after childbirth are common. Approximately one in every ten women suffers from depression after pregnancy and after giving birth.
Postpartum blues, baby blues, maternity blues, or 3-day tears?
It is finally time to take that step into the baby bubble that everyone talks about... but why do I feel anxious, irritable, or sad? You may have heard of postpartum blues, baby blues, maternity blues, or 3-day tears - different names for the same thing.
Relationships and sex after childbirth
Relationships during the years with a small baby - ten key things to remember
The first five years with toddlers are often tough - this is the reality for families with toddlers. It's a tough time for relationships and can sometimes lead to divorce or separation. Here are ten things to remember that will help you through the challenging years with a small baby so you emerge with your relationship intact.
Contraception containing hormones
There are hormonal contraceptive methods that contain either two hormones: estrogen and progestogen; or only one: progestogen. Contraception that uses hormones works by preventing ovulation and making the cervical mucus too difficult for the sperm to get through. Here you can read more about different contraceptives that use hormones.
A copper IUD is a hormone-free contraceptive that is inserted into the uterus. It creates an environment that prevents sperm from surviving and provides strong protection against pregnancy. Other contraceptives without hormones are condoms, pessaries, and femidom. They prevent sperm from entering the uterus and are called barrier methods. Read more here about other forms of hormone-free contraception.
Sex after birth - closeness, and togetherness
There are lots of reasons why sex might feel strange after giving birth. You might not have completely healed, your breasts might be leaking, you're exhausted and your baby might wake up at any time. But you're also longing for adult closeness. You need to find a shared balance and away to be close that feels good, while still taking into account your new situation.
Recovery after childbirth
The uterus will shrink back down to its normal size after delivery. The contractions are called postpartum pains, or simply afterpains, and are similar to period pain.