Try eating smaller meals than normal and have healthy snacks in between.
Any hemorrhoids you develop should slowly decrease in size. Some may go away. Methods that may help your symptoms include:
- Warm tub baths
- Cold compresses over the area
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointments or suppositories (ALWAYS talk to your provider before using any suppositories)
Exercise can help your muscles and improve your energy level, but do not start until you feel ready. Increase the amount of exercise slowly. Get plenty of rest.
You can start sexual activity around 6 weeks after delivery, if the discharge or lochia has stopped.
Women who breastfeed may have a lower sex drive than normal, along with vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. This is because breastfeeding lowers hormone levels. The same drop in hormones usually prevents your menstrual period from returning for many months.
During this time, use a lubricant and practice gentle sex. If sex is still difficult, talk with your provider. Your provider may recommend a hormone cream that can reduce your symptoms. These changes in your body are temporary. After you are done breastfeeding and your menstrual cycle returns, your sex drive and function should return to normal.
Talk with your provider about contraception after pregnancy. You may be able to get pregnant as soon as 4 weeks after having a baby. It is important to use effective contraception during this time.
In the days or even months after delivery, some moms feel sad, disappointed, tired, or withdrawn. Many of these feelings are normal, and they often will go away.
- Try talking with your partner, family, or friends about your feelings.
- If these feelings do not go away or become worse, seek help from your provider.
Pee often and drink plenty of fluids to avoid bladder infections.