The female reproductive system is made up of the:
During normal/vaginal delivery the primary focus is on how and in which position will the mother be comfortable delivering the baby. The mother can lead the whole process of labor and delivery.
The doctor and attending nurses, aid her while being alert for any kind of emergencies.
Benefits of vaginal delivery include -
Risks of normal vaginal delivery -
The risks a mother may face before and during the normal vaginal delivery include:
The risks a mother may face after a normal vaginal delivery include:
What to expect during the postpartum recovery period after a normal vaginal delivery
After a normal delivery, you may face a few issues which will need some care such as:
How long does it take to recover from a normal vaginal delivery?
The vagina tends to remain sore and tender for a period of at least two weeks after a normal vaginal delivery. You should be able to recover your energy within seven to 10 days. Complete recovery, especially if you experienced perineum tear while delivering, may take six weeks and a little more depending on your overall health condition. Please check with your doctor about how soon you can start exercising after a normal vaginal delivery as it depends on your overall health condition. You can, however, start doing the Kegel exercises soon after delivery, albeit gently.
Doing the Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, strengthens the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels. These exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles.
It has been observed that pregnant women who perform Kegel exercises often experience an easier birthing process. Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy can aid the mother in the ability to control her muscles during labour and delivery. Toning these muscles also minimizes two common problems during pregnancy: decreased bladder control and haemorrhoids.
The Kegel exercise was named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, who has popularized them in the ‘50s. This exercise was meant to cure patients suffering from urinary incontinence (often after childbirth).
You can easily identify the vaginal muscles which play an active part during sex with this simple exercise.
Go to the bathroom and urinate a little, then stop the flow of your urine. Then start urinating again, retain the flow of urine, and stop again and then start again. Do so until you have emptied your bladder.
The muscles which just acted according to your wishes are the same ones involved in dilating and contracting during sex especially during vaginal penetration.
Once you identify these muscles it is important to exercise them in order to be able to contract and relax these muscles at will. This will help you gain control over the vaginal muscles keeping pain at bay during sexual penetration. This is known as Kegel’s exercise.
The exercise of alternatively stopping and letting the urine flow is only for test purposes to identify the muscles which need to be exercised while performing the Kegel's exercises.
Warning: Please do not do the Kegel exercise while urinating.
Practice the Kegel exercise for a week or two.
Find a quiet suitable place to do the exercise. You can do it after waking up in the morning and just before bedtime while lying on your bed.
Follow the steps given below:
Initially, a certain effort of concentration will be needed to contract the pelvic muscles only, without contracting the abdominal and gluteal muscles. When you get used to it, it will become automatic.
Once you become comfortable doing these sessions quietly in bed, you can do the Kegel exercises anytime while doing some other activities for example, watching TV, working on your computer, in your car, etc.
Syncing the Kegel Exercises with Breathing Exercises
Once you are comfortable doing Kegel’s exercise anywhere, sync it with breathing exercises:
We regularly conduct Lamaz classes in our hospital wherein a team of Yoga instructor , Physiotherapist and a dietician teaches ‘soon to be mother ‘ patients about balanced diet during the whole course of 9 months , different aspects of healthy pregnancy , what to expect during delivery / cesarean operation and how to cope with many facets of life after child birth.