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Symptoms Guide

Bleeding +

Cause: Also called lochia. Your body has a lot of extra blood and fluid from pregnancy which your body will start getting rid of after birth.

Length of Time: 10 days: heavy flow; 4-6 weeks total

% Affected: 100%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: maxi pads and mesh underwear--no tampons because they can introduce bacteria; tea specific to PMS/postpartum; bladder training - pee often (a full bladder makes it harder for your uterus to contract), iron, nutrition, rest, kegels; Note- breastfeeding, which prompts your body to release oxytocin, also helps your uterus contract

Numa Kit Product: disposable underwear, maxi pads, periodic tea

Swelling +

Cause: During pregnancy, your body produces about 50% more blood and fluids than it usually does to meet the needs of your growing baby and the placenta

Length of Time: Around 1 week

% Affected: 100%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Avoid standing, wear comfortable shoes, stay hydrated, avoid processed foods, light exercise, stay cool

Numa Kit Product: Water bottle

Hemorrhoids +

Cause: Stretched and swollen veins in anus

Length of Time: 2 weeks to 6 months

% Affected:

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Typically vaginal, but possible with C-section

Treatment: Witch hazel pads, ice packs, hemorrhoid ointment (hydrocortisone), stool softener, water and fiber, sitz bath

Numa Kit Product: Tucks pads, stool softener, water bottle

sore and cracked nipples +

Cause: Clogged ducts and inflammation from breastfeeding

Length of Time: 1 week to 6 months (can be longer due to pumping or breastfeeding)

% Affected:

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Massage, warm compresses, nipple cream, ice packs, gel pads

Numa Kit Product: Nipple cream, nursing tank top

anxiety +

Cause: Hyper-alertness and hyper-vigilance, significant hormonal shift

Length of Time: Varies

% Affected: 10%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Talk to family and friends, health care providers, exercise, know that you’re not alone

Numa Kit Product: See educational resources on website

baby blues & depression +

Cause: Change in hormones, lack of sleep, changing relationship, new responsibilities, loneliness, shame, surge in MAO-A

Length of Time: Usually 10 days to 2 weeks

% Affected: 1 in 7 experience PPD, 3 in 4 experience baby blues

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Rest, family and friends, health care provider, hormonal treatment, medication, psychotherapy, know that you’re not alone

Numa Kit Product: Tea, website resources and community

sweating +

Cause: Hormones trying to rid your body of excess fluids

Length of Time: 2-4 weeks

% Affected: 100%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Fluid, cool pajamas, powder if you get a rash, wear light-weight cotton

Numa Kit Product: Water bottle, tank top

Perineum pain +

Cause: General labor, perineal stretching or tears, episiotomy, labial tears

Length of Time: 1-2 weeks

% Affected: 100% for vaginal, possible for C-section

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Possibly Both

Treatment: Tea, tylenol, advil, Tucks pads, witch hazel pain spray, sitz bath, peri bottle, kegel exercises; padded pillow, vaginal ice packs

Numa Kit Product: Tucks pads, peri bottle, tea

headaches +

Cause: Hormonal changes, dehydration, anesthesia, sleep irregularity

Length of Time: 1-3 days

% Affected: 50%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Fluid, rest, relaxation, anti-inflammatory

Numa Kit Product: Water bottle, tea

dehydration +

Cause: Hormones are tasked with helping rid your body of excess fluids that supported your body and baby during pregnancy, results in dehydration

Length of Time: 2-4 weeks

% Affected: Varies

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both

Treatment: Fluid, rest

Numa Kit Product: Water bottle

constipation +

Cause: Long labor with little food, epidural, hemorrhoids, pain at episiotomy site, effects of pregnancy hormones, hematinics used in pregnancy

Length of Time: Around 1 week

% Affected: 25%-50%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both, more common with vaginal

Treatment: Fluid - 8-10 glasses of water per day (60-100 oz); eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains, other high fiber items; Take magnesium citrate & stool softener; leisurely walk

Numa Kit Product: Water bottle

torn vagina/episiotomy +

Cause: Surgical incision of the perineum of the posterior vaginal wall

Length of Time: 10 days to 3 weeks

% Affected: >50% tears;~20% episiotomy

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Vaginal

Treatment: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, ice pack, tucks pads, peri bottle, sitz bath

Numa Kit Product: Peri bottle, Tucks pads

incontinence +

Cause: Trauma during delivery; birth can stretch or damage the pelvic floor muscles and nerves

Length of Time: Varies

% Affected: 30%-50%

Vaginal, C-Section, or Both: Both, more common with vaginal

Treatment: Kegels, maxi pads, disposable underwear, depends, bladder training

Numa Kit Product: Disposable underwear, maxi pads

Size Guide

Underwear

size hips
S/4-6 38-39"
M/8-10 40-41"
L/12-14 42-43"
XL/16-18 44-45"

 

Tank Top

size bust
S 36-37"
M 38-39"
L 40-41"
XL 42-43"