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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

numa apparel is designed for pregnancy and postpartum, so we recommend going with the size you or the new mom typically wear. The fabric is stretchy which allows for comfort and sizing flexibility. 

If you are gifting and are unsure of size - we will provide a free apparel exchange to the recipient for any sizing issues! 

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"