What is the Fourth Trimester?
Be the mother you always wanted to be.
Fourth Trimester is the critical three months after delivery in which many changes occur to a woman’s body and mind. During this time, most mothers are so preoccupied with the care of their newborns that they neglect these changes, which may require early attention. New mothers sometimes comment that “it’s hard to believe that I am the same person after going through pregnancy and labor”.
These changes range from mood and energy level to changes in physical appearance and function, and can even affect intimacy. Some improve on their own, others simply require a change in diet and activity levels and others may require help from an expert. The good news is that there are solutions for most of these issues, as long as they are not neglected.
Changes in our body such as hair loss, skin discoloration, changes in the breasts, stomach and genitalia could be a cause for obsessive body image issues that disrupt normal relationship and interaction.
Functional changes in the genitalia, urinary incontinence, constipation, hemorrhoids, back pain, vaginal pain and discharge can increase social and physical isolation, decreased exercise and intimacy and decrease the quality of life and health. Hot flashes, mood changes, fatigue and depression disrupt social and family interactions and can lead to long term bonding issues, relationship problems and psychological effects.
Hemorrhoids are blood vessels that have detached from the anal wall and can be painful, burn, itch and even bleed. Pregnancy and vaginal delivery can cause hemorrhoids or exacerbate symptoms of existing hemorrhoids.
Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss is the sudden decrease in hormone levels after birth that causes hair loss in women, which is usually temporary.
Postpartum Urinary Incontinence
Pregnancy and a vaginal delivery can cause increased pressure on the nerves that control the bladder and may result in a higher frequency of urination and urgency.
In order to be the mother, wife and the woman that you want to be, first you must care for yourself. Paying attention to these changes and early care for your body during the fourth trimester is a critical step toward this goal.