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Recent medical study shows that the health effects of childbirth have long-lasting and profound effects on more than one-third of moms, even after the baby is born.
Analysis shows postpartum conditions frequently cause considerable emotional and physical distress that persists months or even years following delivery. However, the lack of comprehensive care for women transitioning out of pregnancy leaves medical communities with a grave underestimation of these persistent challenges.
The flagship study published in the Journal of Women’s Health demonstrates over 35% of women continue battling weight fluctuations, incontinence, pain, and mobility limitations tied to past pregnancies. For some, the struggles may last the rest of their lives even with multiple interventions.
Experts say the prevalence and gravity necessitate far greater priority on understanding patient needs and experiences during the post-birth phase most view as recovery. This includes more attentive listening, monitoring and patient-focused support well beyond hospital discharge.
Many also emphasize the preventative value of meticulous maternal health management during gestation and labour when possible. This vigilance helps mitigate risks leading to chronic diagnoses like diabetes or heart disease spurred by pregnancy-related stressors.
Above all, the research presses medical officials to acknowledge birthing individuals do not simply bounce back but battle biologically and psychologically long after bringing new life into the world. Supporting them demands delivering caring, comprehensive care on pace with that reality.