The “Fourth Trimester”: when maternal care continues

“After giving birth, a woman’s body changes in a number of ways. However, while some of the changes women experience are common, including pelvic pressure, urgency to urinate and constipation, these symptoms should not be ignored.

Studies have reported an association between pelvic floor disorders and childbirth, particularly in cases of vaginal delivery. Women who give birth vaginally have twice the risk of stress urinary incontinence, or the loss of urine due to activities such as coughing or running, compared to women who deliver by cesarean section.”

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