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What Is A Setback After Having A Baby
I've, got a couple hemarhoids after natural delivery of an 8lb 9oz baby, I'm now 2months post partum and they havnt left completely. ... Will they?
See Below: Baby blues are transient, relatively mild with onset several days after delivery and lasting about 3-4 wks. Sx resolve as hormone levels stabilize and routine with the baby is established. Postpartum depression significantly impairs functioning, onset might be delayed for up to a year. Even if hormones are stabilized and routine is there, sx do not resolve, worsen and functioning deteriorates. ...Read more
3mths post-partum with 3rd child, have no sex drive and it "feels different" down there. What can I do to be able to enjoy sex again?
Professional help: First, I would suggest you schedule a visit with a medical doctor with whom you are comfortable, preferably an OBGYN physician. If everything checks out "normal", then ask for a referral to a psychologist to help you with the issues you may be struggling with on a more personal basis than what you may be able to discuss on the internet. This is an important topic, and not uncommon. ...Read more
No: There is no evidence weaning will help and some lactation advocates claim breast feeding helps. ...Read more
The best way to tell: Is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who can help you figure this out. But in general post partum depression involves sleep and appetite disturbance, feelings of helplessness and inadequacy in caring for your child, feelings of guilt, and emptiness, bouts of anger and other symptoms. ...Read more
Perhaps: Postpartum anxiety is a combination of factors. Any woman can have anxiety, even to the level of a significant psychological disorder. Anyone prone to this may very well find the arrival of a new child an inciting factor for new anxiety symptoms. Its unlikely a woman will experience the physiologic changes associated with postpartum depression, however. ...Read more
1wk post-partum, chose to breastfeed baby. What can I use to naturally relieve the soreness of breastfeeding in between feedings?
Lanolin: One natural remedy is lanolin ointment. It is produced from sheep skin and a very good protective barrier that helps sooth skin and is not harmful to your baby. ...Read more
I had a baby 7months ago. My period came once a month after about 3months post partum. My period came last month and still hasn't stopped.?
Irregular bleeding: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more
Is it normal to have a super super heavy period after having a baby! I'm 3 months post partum and going through a super tampon every 45 min -?
Not normal: Is this the first period since delivery? Was everything ok with delivery and did bleeding stopped as expected afterwards? Were your periods heavy before preg.? Periods can become a bit heavier after pregnancy but a tampon every 45 min seems a lot. I'd see your OB-GYN, esp. If heavy bleeding continues, cramping, fever, dizzy or weak. ...Read more
7.5 weeks post partum, second child. Got what I assumed to be a period 2 and a half weeks ago and have been bleeding every since. Ultrasound was fine?
May be normal: Are you breast feeding? Using any form of birth control? Sexually active? All of these may effect cycles after delivery. If bleeding is heavy and frequent need to change pads, you should seek care to rule out infection or other processes. If scant spotting, this can be normal with first cycle following delivery. ...Read more
How to increase pregnancy chance while EBF with no post partum period. Baby is currently night weaned and eats every 2 1/2 hours.
Tough one: If actively breast-feeding and no menses since delivery you are not ovulating and thus unlikely to conceive or become pregnant. Sorry. Enjoy the bonding time with the one you have. Breast feeding so very important to your child especially for the first year of life. No real way to make your periods (and ovulation) start up again safely. Let nature take its course. Dr. R ...Read more
Four months post partum, been using pull out method but my period is 4 days late...is this normal after having a baby or could I be pregnant?
I need help I started taking zoloft right after I had my child becuse post partum depression. It worked and I stoped taking it. No with drawls nothing but then I decided randomly one day to take it and then I dtoped n started so it was "as needed", not da
I commend you for stopping Zoloft (sertraline) when you did not need it.
Feel good that you have been functioning satisfactorily without Zoloft (sertraline).
If you are not moderately depressed- crying spells, very sad mood, changes in sleep, appetite, weight, energy, motivation, you do not need to take Zoloft (sertraline) randomly or “ as needed”
It takes 4- 10 days for Zoloft (sertraline) to work. Once you start it, follow with the Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Can a new mother have post-partum depression even if she was a surrogate and the child is not biologically hers?
Had blood transf. Due to post-partum hemm. O-c-, after transf I now show o-c+d+ (found out in 2nd preg) husband o-c- so baby ok. This explain bruising?
No: Bruising is not related to blood antigens. The symptom of brusing is more commonly related to platelets or clotting factors, either function or number. Additional laboratory testing may be required to determine the cause. Please have this symptom evaluated by your gyn to be sure there is not any hematologic abnormality or concern. ...Read more
Can u get post partum depression after 8 weeks of having a baby? My kids (14 months, 8wk old) r very good but I get very edgy at times n cry a lot
Can post partum anxiety cause severe body fatigue and weakness and a floaty feeling? Been feeling awful had baby 4 months ago. Thyroid is normal
Yes it could: Both anxiety and depression post partum could give these nonspecific symptoms. The best thing for you to do is make an appointment with your Family Doctor to be evaluated for this. These are real conditions, not something you are imagining or can wish away. Please be seen as soon as is possible. ...Read more
1st period after baby came about 7 wks post partum. It's been few days and really heavy w/bad cramps. Is this typical post pregnancy?
5mths post-partum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it okay to get a tattoo and can it cause any harm to baby via my breastmilk?
Yes: It is safe to get tattooed while breast feeding. The only concern is infection so be sure to stick with a reliable, clean tattoo shop. The ink is too large to pass in any way to the breastmilk. Take Care and Enjoy! ...Read more
Vaginal stitches (internal 2nd degree lacerations) after child birth, that the threads hang out of you at 3 weeks post partum. Should I see my doctor?
Yes: Better be seen, stitches need to be removed by healthcare professional, best wishes ...Read more
I have got my first period since my delivery; I am 12 months post partum, after my third child. I have been bleeding foralmost three weeks. Now, my vagina is swollen shut and is itchy. I did not have any sexual contact. What's wrong?
Family practice: It is time to see your dr. You have several issues. Abnormal bleeding and vaginal swelling. Examination is needed before treatment. ...Read more
I had my baby 8 weeks ago. I'm not breast feeding & had post partum bleeding for 3 weeks. When could I expect my period?
Since I had my baby I have severe weakness, anxiety, panic, feelings of doom, irritable, sleep apnea is this post partum depression? Tests normal
I am 1 week post partum. This is my first baby. I am experiencing stomach cramps and pain - especially when moving around. It is not constipation as my bowels have been regular. What could this be?
Dehydration.: After all that you went through, you're probably a little dehydrated yet. ...Read more
1wk post-partum, breastfeeding, developed my 6th staph infection in 5yrs. If treated what affect would antibiotics have on my breastmilk and baby?
7 days post-partum, swollen feet, sore legs and hips. Are these normal pains you have after baby or should I be concerned?
Swelling: I would call your pmd to follow up you might be normal but it might warrant further investigation. ...Read more
Baby was stuck with brachial plexus injury, had retained placenta and post partum hemorrhage. I am pregnant w #2. Scared. What is chance hemorrhage?
PG is risky business: Pregnancy, in of itself, has inherent risks and complications associated with that state of being as you have noted from your previous pregnancy. Now that baby # 2 is on the way it is normal to have a heightened concern about repeat hemorrhage. Share your anxiety with your treating OB MD and if still not reassured, and if he/she delivered baby # 1 then seek a 2nd OB MD consultation. ...Read more
I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla
PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...Read more