What happens to the uterus during and after childbirth is something pretty amazing, Mother Nature created us in a such perfect way that we should only respect & love it. Before the conception your uterus is the side of an avocado and during menses it becomes about double size to shrink back after the bleeding if the pregnancy didn’t take place.
(Image from cookin’ cowgirl)
Keep in mind that the uterus is kept in position thanks to many ligaments that are all around her (for us Uterus is a female).
During pregnancy the uterus is your kid's cradle and she has to grow to allow your baby’s development, providing all that is needed in order to keep your baby in and let him/her grow for 40 weeks (more or less) and than she has to let the baby go and get back to her normality. Isn’t it amazing?
Around 12 weeks pregnant, the special female organ is a size of a grapefruit and she is still within the pelvis. For some women it is not visible yet that the baby is growing inside of them. If you are expecting twins, the uterus is growing faster than this.
During the second phase of the pregnancy the uterus keep growing and you can imagine she is becoming the size of a papaya, the superior part of the uterus is now situated somewhere between the navel and the stomach area. The surrounding organs, during this peculiar period of a woman life, will be pushed in a different place, to make room for the baby and all the ligaments and muscles are stretched and pushed, they have some hard work to accomplish. You might feel different, maybe you could have some pain and your navel could be pushed out, but no worries it should get back later on.
During the last part of your pregnancy the uterus becomes the size of a watermelonand she reaches the area of the rib cage. When it’s about to give birth, the baby moves toward the lower part, entering in your pelvis.
During birth the uterus has to finally open up, allowing to birth your baby, she moves and contract in order to push your baby out. The pelvic floor has to release what for 9 long months had to keep in, so this very tight muscles finally have to let go from a very strong and tight position.
After birth your uterus gradually returns to her normal size and close back her mouth, the process can take something like 6 weeks. All the organs are also getting back in the right position and the pelvic floor returns to be the strong muscles that keep our bladder and intestine closed, opening only when we need to go to the toilet.
Now we are just simplifying a huge process, but we just need to have a sneak peak of the great change the uterus and the belly have to go through in order to give birth to a baby.
We said that the uterus is kept in position by a bunch of ligaments, we said that the ligaments and muscles stretch in order to allow the growth that this process requires and than she has to go back in position and the ligaments has to get back in their ordinary shape, the Maya Abdominal Treatment can help to nourish all this area and help all the organs to get back to the normality. I just met a client that gave birth several years ago, but she came to me saying that she ‘needed to put her organs back in position’ even thought many years passed by. So Post Natal Care it is not only for soon after birth, anyway before a treatment you need to recover and after a C section we wait at least 6 weeks, said that it is very good to help our belly’s health.
It is also very important to have a space in which you can talk about your birth, being a doula I have learnt that the memory of birth is very important and stays with the mother forever. During a lecture I was told that several women with alzheimer could vividly remember the birth of their children.
Anybody can actually feel in the Post Natal phase, even after 20 years from birth, after a miscarriage, after an abortion, the body needs to be taken care of and the emotions too.
This is a tiny space where I can share some of my thoughts and experiences, enjoy!