Imagine: You’ve given birth in a hospital and you’re ready to take your tiny new person home. Probably you’ve a bag of departing gifts that includes the hospital magazine, diapers, formula, coupons for more diapers and more formula, and a disposable pair of granny panties big enough to draw a full-sized bullseye on. I’ve always thought, how is it possible that no one thinks to hand a new mom a manual of sorts? At the very least there ought to be better communication between the new mother and her healthcare provider, especially at this start of all hormonal hell breaking loose. First off, there’s a lot going on during this period, which I refer to as the “Fourth Trimester” of pregnancy. Postpartum is the least talked about time during the pregnancy cycle—chances are you may not be aware that it is part of that cycle.

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Postpartum Vaginal Dryness with Breastfeeding
Postpartum Vaginal Dryness with Breastfeeding
Postpartum Vaginal Dryness with Breastfeeding
Postpartum Vaginal Dryness with Breastfeeding

Postpartum Vaginal Dryness with Breastfeeding caused by a drop in estrogen levels causing the same affect as occurs in menopause.

Vaginal tear after having vaginal intercourse
Vaginal tear after having vaginal intercourse
Vaginal tear after having vaginal intercourse
Vaginal tear after having vaginal intercourse

Vaginal tear after having vaginal intercourse 6 weeks postpartum. This occurs as a result of vaginal dryness caused by low levels of estrogen postpartum.

Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery

Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery, 1 week postpartum

Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery 5 weeks postpartum
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery 5 weeks postpartum
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery 5 weeks postpartum
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery 5 weeks postpartum

Daily sitz baths allows the epsiotomy breakdown to heal normally.

Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery
Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery

Epsiotomy breakdown after vaginal delivery. Now it’s healed 3 months postpartum after daily sitz baths.

Varicose Veins during pregnancy
Varicose Veins during pregnancy
Varicose Veins during pregnancy
Varicose Veins during pregnancy

Varicose Veins during pregnancy

Varicose Veins during pregnancy 12 hours after delivery
Varicose Veins during pregnancy 12 hours after delivery
Varicose Veins during pregnancy 12 hours after delivery
Varicose Veins during pregnancy 12 hours after delivery

Varicose Veins during pregnancy and now 12 hours after a vaginal delivery

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