Becoming a mom can lead to surprising changes in your body. Pregnancy and post-pregnancy issues may come up, so it's a good idea to educate yourself.
If you are breastfeeding, you may want to know about mastitis and cystitis. You'll also likely experience engorgement, which occurs in the days after giving birth.
After giving birth, you may also notice a change in your vaginal discharge and want to know if that's normal. It's not uncommon for women in the so-called fourth trimester, or the period of time right after having a baby, to experience stress incontinence, or passing urine involuntarily.
Women are at a risk of getting UTIs, or urinary tract infections, and may have these infections during pregnancy (which require immediate treatment) or after giving birth. It's a good idea to learn the symptoms so you know what to look for.
Thrush is another common women-centric health problem and it's especially prevalent during pregnancy. It happens when yeast overgrows in the vagina and can cause uncomfortable itching.
Always see your doctor if you're concerned about recurring UTIs, thrush symptoms or have questions about unusual vaginal discharge. Physicians can offer ways to treat all the health issues above and alleviate your fears about what's normal after pregnancy and what to expect as your body heals and recovers.