A woman's body is built in a unique way, another new life can arise and develop in it. Pregnancy and childbirth are not only the brightest moments in a woman's life, but also strong changes in her body. This changes the functioning of almost all systems.
Pregnancy. First the uterus grows
Throughout pregnancy, the body creates conditions for the development of the fetus. The most important organ of the female reproductive system is the uterus. She grows with the baby, increasing in size more than 500 times. In addition, in order for the fetus to begin to develop, the placenta is attached to the uterus - a "bag" in which the child will stay until delivery.
The course of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period is very individual, but there are norms in everything.
The condition of the uterus during childbirth
During childbirth, the cervix opens (dilatation) for the baby to pass through the birth canal, and after the birth of the baby, the placenta (the remainder of the “child's place”) is released.
After childbirth, the uterus needs recovery
In the postpartum period, the restoration of all organs and systems that have undergone changes takes place, especially the reproductive system. Including involution of the uterus - that is, its restoration to normal size and its complete cleansing. Irregular, so-called "postpartum contractions" occur, as a result of which the cervix gradually narrows. In the first few hours, it is open so much that a hand passes in order to remove the remnants of the placenta, if they did not come out naturally immediately after the newborn came out. The time varies from a few days to several weeks. It depends on the age and individual characteristics of the organism. The postpartum period itself lasts about 6 weeks. The fastest changes in the size of the uterus occur in the first 2 days after delivery.
How do you know if the uterus has become the same size?
To find out whether the uterus has returned to normal, an ultrasound scan is performed in the maternity hospital before discharge in order to establish the presence of pathologies and to check the dynamics of the recovery of the body of the postpartum woman (as a woman is called in the postpartum period).
The presence of the urge to urinate is also important, since due to a change in the uterus, the bladder can be deformed.
They also give a recommendation to consult a gynecologist at the place of residence (usually 2-3 weeks after childbirth).
For a speedy recovery, you need to rest and lie on your stomach for as long as possible.