Giving birth is a different experience for every woman. For some, it might be without any problems and fairly easy, while for others things might get a bit complicated which in turn causes emotional stress. One of those complex things that women have to deal with after childbirth is heavy flow during periods. This will lead to low iron levels in your blood and it might make you nauseous and tired all the time. And even though heavy periods are normal after pregnancy, if they are persistent you need to talk to your obstetrician-gynecologist.
There are a lot of reasons for heaving a heavy flow after giving births, but here are 3 of them courtesy of Momjunction.
Reasons behind heavy periods during the post-pregnancy phase
1. Postpartum hemorrhage
This bleeding that might begin as a normal post-pregnancy bleeding may continue even after 12 weeks of birth. This doesn’t happen that often in advanced medical facilities but it might. Obesity, preeclampsia or infections might be the reason for it so talk to your doctor.
2. Hormonal issues
After childbirth, breastfeeding causes the body to produce a hormone called oxytocin which in turn makes the uterus shrink. If there is hormonal imbalance the uterus won’t shrink as it supposed to which will cause excessive bleeding.
3. Underlying gynecological issues
Sometimes undiscovered things such as endometriosis which is a painful disease in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside it might be the reason for the excessive bleeding.
How to deal with post-natal heavy bleeding
Birth control pilld might control the situation but they won’t fix the problem. That’s why it’s smart to ask a doctor to do a detailed check-up and then advise appropriate medication.
2. Lifestyle changes
Ditch the junk food and takeout and try to eat healthier food that you will cook at home which will give the healing and nourishment your body needs.
Exercise is recommended by professionals to tone and contract the uterine muscles and can also help with the excessive bleeding.
4. Seeking help
However, the most important thing is to talk to a doctor or someone who can give you emotional support because the heavy bleeding can be bad not just for your body but also mind.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.