Written by : Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
The immediate postpartum or puerperium is the 24 hour period following the delivery. This is a very important phase since this is the time when conditions like postpartum hemorrhage and injuries to the mother becomes apparent and needs emergency treatment.
The mother, at this time, should be under close observation.
The reproductive organs respond to the end of the process of pregnancy and childbirth by an initial period of rest and then a gradual revert back to their normal pre-pregnancy state.
Inside the uterus, the site of attachment of the placenta becomes a small, raised, reddish region of only around 7 - 8 cms in diameter.
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The woman in labor goes through a tremendous amount of stress and strain. And it takes some time for her general condition to settle down to a normal state again.
But the muscle tone is regained in 1 - 2 days. There is an increased tendency to pass urine in the first two days to eliminate water retained during pregnancy.
So, in a woman with a standard weight gain of 10Kg during pregnancy, there is a weight loss of 7 Kgs after delivery. She will thus have a net weight gain of 3Kg due to pregnancy.
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