Pregnancy and childbirth changes your body and can leave you feeling shocked and in disbelief at the changes you're going through. It's something that is rarely discussed and I find more and more patients feeling embarrassed about what they're experiencing. For the vagina specifically, the effects of birth and pregnancy can lead to lifelong changes which I encourage women to embrace and take the time adjusting to.
Here are some things that may be different after childbearing:
- The vagina may be wider and have more laxity
- You might have difficulty controlling your urine, bowels, or even gas
- The vagina may be drier
- Your period can change: including flow, cycle length, and cyclic pain
- Sex may be painful or feel different
- Scar tissue can develop
All of these conditions can happen post delivery, regardless of whether you’ve had a vaginal delivery or cesarean birth.
One of the hardest parts about your post delivery body is adjusting to what is your new normal. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and have questions, I encourage you to reach out to your Ob-Gyn and confide in other mamma's out here. The most important thing to remember is that there are treatments to help with all of the above symptoms and that this is completely normal!
Dr. Shweta Desai