Postpartum Care: Caring for Yourself After Childbirth

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Congratulations on your new baby! Bringing a child into the world is an incredible experience, but it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. As a new mother, it’s important to remember that your body has gone through a lot of changes, and you need to take care of yourself as you recover and adjust to your new life. Here are some tips on how to care for yourself during the postpartum period.

Physical Changes

After giving birth, your body will go through a number of physical changes. You may experience vaginal bleeding, which is called lochia, for up to six weeks. This is your body’s way of getting rid of the lining of your uterus. Make sure to wear pads, not tampons, during this time. You may also experience breast engorgement, which is when your breasts become full and tender as your milk comes in. Use a warm compress or take a warm shower to relieve discomfort, and make sure to wear a supportive bra.

It’s normal to feel sore and tired after childbirth. Take it easy and rest as much as possible. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for at least six weeks, and talk to your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. Your body needs time to heal, and pushing yourself too hard can slow down the healing process.

Emotional Changes

The postpartum period can also be an emotional time. You may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad. This is normal and is often referred to as the “baby blues.” However, if these feelings persist or become more severe, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. Talk to someone you trust (Ex: Partner, Doula, friend, healthcare provider) if you’re feeling down or if you have any concerns about your emotional health.

Caring for Yourself

Caring for a new baby is a full-time job, but it’s important to make time for yourself as well. Ask for help from family and friends, and don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. Take short naps when your baby is sleeping, and try to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Drinking plenty of water is also important, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

You can also look into a Certified Postpartum Doula. A postpartum doulas can offer emotional support by listening to your concerns and providing a safe non judgmental space for you to express your feelings. They can also assist with getting plenty of rest as well as cooking, cleaning, and laundry, which can alleviate some of the stress and burden of daily life. This support can help new mothers feel more confident and empowered as they navigate the challenges of motherhood. It’s typically for a new mother to not want to be alone and having a postpartum doula be with you while you learn your new normal is GOLD.

You will also want to make sure to schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your physical and emotional health. They can help you address any concerns.

Top things to consider:

1.Have a plan to get sleep or catch up on sleep. We know that sleep is one of the top reasons Postpartum Depression and Anxiety hit mothers hard.

2. Have meals made ahead of time, have a “meal train” where family and friends can help you nourish your healing body or have a postpartum doula come help to provide some nutritious meals for healing.

3. Take it SLLLLOOOOWWWW. As mothers we try to do all the things and we forget to take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is just as important as taking care of our baby. We both need cared for. With that, consider hiring a postpartum doula so someone can truly focus on you. As a mother, you will naturally focus on your baby, have a professional compassionate woman come in and take care of you!

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