A mom in the US took to TikTok to share an unexpected side effect of labor.
Beauty and wellness blogger Yelena said she pushed so hard during her labor that something very unexpected happened.
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Blood vessels burst around his face, neck and eyes, leaving his mottled, bruised skin and red eyes.
After seeing her reflection in the mirror, she said she was completely “shocked”.
On TikTok, she posted a photo of what her face normally looks like and a photo after giving birth,
“I was afraid to look in the mirror the first few days,” she said in the comments.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.
“It took forever to heal and I just wanted to hide in a hole.”
She later posted another photo with her face mostly recovered, but with two small red welts still just visible below her eyes.
“It was all worth it,” she wrote.
Her first video went viral, with over 700,000 views and subscribers flocking to the comments section.
“I definitely didn’t get that cute hospital photo with my baby,” she said.
Subscribers flocked to the comments section.
“You are a strong mom,” one person wrote.
“It happened to me too!” wrote a mother.
“I was pushing badly at first (pushing in my head and not from my pelvis).
“I had burst blood vessels all over my face.”
“Happened to me too, looked like a freak after giving birth…still don’t show pics to anyone!” a third wrote.
While many Yelena followers were unaware that pushing hard during childbirth could produce this side effect, it’s not particularly uncommon.
According to the BabyCenter website, burst blood vessels are quite common after labor.
“Sometimes the intense pushing during the second stage of labor can burst the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in your eyes, causing blood to pool on the white part of your eye,” the website says.
“It can also result from coughing, lifting, vomiting, or anything else that strains the eye muscles.
“It’s more likely to happen if you have high blood pressure or are taking blood thinners, but it’s a common condition that can affect anyone.
“No treatment is needed – the redness goes away on its own as your body reabsorbs the blood.
“Do not use over-the-counter eye drops for red eyes due to dryness and irritation, as they will not help the blood to be reabsorbed more quickly.
“The blood vessels will begin to heal immediately, but it usually takes a week or two for your eyes to clear.”