Table of Contents
At three months postpartum, many aspects of your life will begin settling into place. While the process may not be completely free of irritation and frustration, you will undoubtedly begin to notice an ebb and flow within your life, with circumstances slowly drifting together to form a comparatively more stable and peaceful existence.
As the good days begin to outnumber the bad days, your life as a new mom will already have presented many challenges, many of which may have been as difficult as the experiences you went through during your pregnancy term. Concepts such as breastfeeding, learning how to console baby during crying spells and sleepless nights, and the seemingly constant changing of diapers often come with a steep learning curve.
Many new parents will inevitably experience exhaustion as they struggle to learn the process of safely and effectively raising a newborn. However, by month three, you will likely have arrived at a more comfortable junction in your life, with a modicum of expertise in the parenting process and increased confidence from the bolstering of your parental skill set due in large part to your heightened familiarity with basic concepts such as breastfeeding and diapering.
Read on below to discover more information about effectively managing month three of the postpartum experience!
Three Months Postpartum Physical and Emotional Symptoms
Although it’s been nearly ninety days since you have given birth, you may still look as if you are pregnant. Don’t fret! Your body needs time to adjust, and after three months, your body is far more familiarized with its postpartum state and is poised to start shedding much of the water and baby weight you have been carrying around.
With patience, you will see your weight gain begin to decrease without much effort on your part, as your water retention levels drop and subsequently normalize. With exercise and healthy eating, it will become relatively easy to jumpstart your weight loss and quickly get back to your pre-pregnancy body!
Other Common Symptoms Experienced During The Three-month Mark of The Postpartum Experience Can Include The Following:
|Breasts: Engorged, tender, leaking and heavy breasts with visible veins – particularly if you are breastfeeding||Stretch marks: May appear purplish in color and can be located on your stomach, rear end, breasts, arms, and thighs||Linea Nigra: Will inevitably still be present during this point in your postpartum experience. This mark of pregnancy can take up to a year to fully fade|
|Aches and Pains: Very common during the early postpartum experience is easy bruising to the body, backaches, mild to moderate pains throughout the body, and joints that feel tender and weak||Hair loss: Can be mild to excessive and is particularly common throughout months one to five of the postpartum experience||Uterine issues: You may experience pains similar to those felt during your period, due to contractions in the uterus as your body slowly adjusts to its pre-pregnancy state|
|Weakened pelvic floor issues and more: Constipation, incontinence, painful bowel movements and hemorrhoids are also very common during this phase of your postpartum life – if you are experiencing any of these symptoms to the degree that is painful and significantly interfering with your life, make an appointment your health care provider immediately||Vaginal bleeding and/or spotting: Is completely normal and will abate itself over time. However, if your bleeding is heavy (example: Needing a second or third pad in a single hour) and you witness blood clots, strong odors, or tenderness in the abdominal area, contact your doctor immediately||Postpartum depression and/or anxiety: Often attributed to the significant shifting of hormones during pregnancy, postpartum depression is a condition that afflicts countless women – to effectively manage this condition, stay active, eat healthy, stay hydrated, and remain positive – remind yourself that this is a normal and temporary phase that many new mothers go through|
Tips and Essential Information
Three Months Postpartum
- Leaking breasts are one of the more common postpartum symptoms – take advantage of the many convenient products available on the market for new mothers such as disposable and reusable nursing pads, in addition to fully washable cotton pad inserts for your bra to help absorb the majority of breast milk
- Take care of your stretch marks by rubbing them vigorously once or twice a day to promote circulation, in addition to moisturizing them with soothing oils and salves when you get out of the shower. In time, they will fade from a purplish to a skin-toned, slightly silvery color
- Hair loss during the postpartum phase of your life is totally normal and is a temporary issue that resolves itself within a year after giving birth
- Remember that much of your weight gain is attributed to the level of increased fluids in your body. As time goes by, the fluid retention will drop, and as a result, your weight will decrease as well
- Blood loss is fairly common for the initial months after giving birth and is commonly presented with blood clots, in addition to exhibiting a bright red to brownish rusty color. This condition will gradually decrease, particularly at the three-month mark. Don’t fret if intense physical exercise or exertion results in a temporary increase in blood loss, as this is completely normal and will abate itself rapidly
- Exercise and remaining active can greatly absolve postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms by increasing important brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, thus leading to a happier and more content state of mind
- Eat well! Your baby is still receiving significant nutrition from you (if you are breastfeeding him or her) and having a healthy diet that is chock full of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals will be a boon for both you and baby
Lochia: The medical term for postpartum vaginal bleeding and discharge, lochia is often very heavy initially, with plenty of blood clots and can present itself in a wide range of shades of reddish-brown.
During the three month point of your postpartum experience, lochia should begin to reconcile itself as your body becomes adjusted to its postpartum state. While you are waiting for lochia symptoms to fully abate themselves, you can effectively manage the condition by making use of sanitary pads. It is important to not use feminine products such as tampons or douches as these items have the potential to introduce harmful bacteria into your uterus.
A great way to keep your vaginal and perineum areas clean and to provide soothing comfort is to use a peri-bottle. Simply fill the bottle with warm water and use the bottle to squirt the water over your vagina and perineum after every trip to the bathroom. Ensure that you squirt the water in a front-to-back motion and that you dry your vaginal and perineum areas thoroughly.
Piles: Also known as hemorrhoids, piles are veins in the lower rectal and anus areas that are extremely swollen. Piles aren’t just an issue related to pregnant women and can be experienced by men as well. The condition results in discomfort and pain, particularly when using the bathroom.
Bleeding and itching often accompany piles and can make going to the toilet an excruciating experience.
To effectively treat piles, engage in warm water soaks throughout the day, apply witch hazel to the affected areas, and sit on soft surfaces such as pillows to alleviate pressure on the rectal area. Also, consider hemorrhoid creams and stool softeners to make the process of using the bathroom as easy and pain-free as possible
Cool Things to Know
It gets better! The postpartum phase of your life can be a rocky time. You will undoubtedly experience plenty of joyful moments in your new position as a mother and bond with your newborn in ways that make your heart sing. However, there will inevitably be bad days when you feel moody, lethargic, out of shape, and just plain incapable.
Don’t worry too much if you are feeling depressed and stressed out. Feeling overwhelmed is extremely common during motherhood, particularly in the beginning phases. In time, the elements of your life will come back together in a predictable and comfortable pattern, as the hormone-driven symptoms you experienced in the initial phases of your postpartum experience begin to fade.
Your body will return to its pre-pregnancy state, you will grow increasingly adept at caring for the baby, you will become more confident and happy as your body heals and becomes stronger, and ultimately, you will truly come to bask in the glow of the incomparable experience known as motherhood.