In the first months after childbirth, your body is still going through a lot of changes. Many women feel unprepared for the physical trials of the postpartum period. I have a few tips and tricks for you to help you navigate the first few months after childbirth.
Perks: While the postpartum period can be really challenging, you’ll have so many good things to look forward to when your baby gets here.
Meeting the baby: The most obvious is getting to meet the little one that you’ve been waiting to meet for nine months. If you have other children, you also get to look forward to them meeting their little brother or sister for the first time.
Baby’s firsts: You’ll also feel a lot more mobile and be able to sleep more comfortably in different positions. There will be a lot of firsts for you and your baby during this time, so even though this time might be challenging, you have a lot to look forward to.
Pains: After you give birth, there are a few physical pains that your body will go through. You might be having pain if you had a c-section, or an episiotomy tear if you had a vaginal birth. Muscle aches are really common too, so here are a couple of tips to deal with those aches and pains.
Your baby is most likely the center of your attention all the time now, but my advice is to make sure you don’t forget about yourself. Make sure to stock up on supplies that you’ll need. While it’s probably much more fun to pick out baby clothes than adult diapers, you’ll be much more comfortable if you have everything you need when recovering from a vaginal delivery or a c-section.
Another thing that might be helpful is to find yourself a physical therapist. Feel free to visit a pelvic floor specialist, especially if you’re experiencing back pain, incontinence, or any feelings of instability. As always, it’s a good idea to consult your regular doctor about any aches or pains.
Breast-feeding: It’s also really important to seek breastfeeding support. If you’re having trouble with breastfeeding, you’re not alone. It will help to speak with a lactation consultant if you’re in pain or you notice that your baby is not gaining weight. You’ll want to do what’s best for you and your family, even if that means having to use formula occasionally. While it’s really beneficial to breast-feed for as long as you can, there are other options that can help your baby gain weight if you’re struggling with production.
Still look pregnant: After you give birth, don’t be startled if you still look pregnant. You may have stretch marks and saggy skin but these will resolve in 3-6 months. Otherwise, mommy makeovers can be a great thing.
Fatigue: One of the best things you can do to help you through postpartum is to sleep as much as possible. I know this seems obvious and it may seem impossible with a newborn baby and a thrown-off sleep schedule, but sleep is one of the leading sources of stress during postpartum. It might be hard to find the time, but the best thing you can do is aim for four hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, make sure you’re practicing good habits, like sticking to a schedule and avoiding alcohol, caffeine and even screen time before bed.
Get support: The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to get support. Use friends, family, services. Don’t expect to do everything on your own or even with just your partner. You will need help with cooking and cleaning, so you can nest and bond with your baby. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for help!
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