How Does Motherhood Affect Women's Health?

When you become a mother your life changes in more ways than one. Naturally, we know of the sleepless nights that happen as a result, as well as it taking time for your stomach to rest and go back to what it was like before. But after nine months of growing a baby, there are some other changes that come to your life and your health as a result of having a child. For better or for worse, there are some changes that occur. So here are some of the things to be looking out for if you are pregnant or have had children, and what can be done. Is there anything that you recognize here?

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Cancer Risk

There is always lots of research going into cancer and cancer research. And it has been found that if you are a woman that hasn’t had children, or had them over the age of thirty, your risk of breast cancer is slightly higher than those with children (that had them under the age of 30). Pregnancy can lower the exposure to the hormones that are released during menstruation, and prolonged exposure has been shown to increase risk.

Endometriosis

If you are someone that has suffered from endo in the past, after pregnancy, you can often find that your symptoms improve. The pain and irregular bleeding that can come as a result of endometriosis has been shown to lessen after pregnancy and subsequent pregnancies. There isn’t any specific reason why, but it could be related to the womb lining. So although this can cause infertility in some women, if you can get pregnant, then you’re more likely to get pregnant again afterwards.

Incontinence

It isn’t all roses after having children unfortunately; there can be side effects like urinary incontinence. It makes complete sense really, as the stress in that area is pretty high during pregnancy, and especially during childbirth. Which is why during pregnancy and after, pelvic floor exercises are really important to do. You could also seek vaginal rejuvenation from professionals, through
something like ThermiVa, for example. It can be an ongoing issue if you don’t do anything about it, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.

Depression

There are many people among us, both men and women, that are more prone to being depressed. But after something that can be so life-changing and traumatic, it can lead to postnatal depression. Getting ‘baby blues’ after having a child can be pretty normal, but it is when that feeling doesn’t go away after a few weeks that it could lead onto something a little more detrimental. If this sounds like you or someone that you know, then medical intervention is what is needed to make a difference.

There are many good things that can happen to your health as a result of motherhood, as well as some that are a little on the negative side. So just be on the lookout for these kinds of thing so that you can take steps to help should you need to.

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