The time to start learning more about what you can expect with regards to postpartum care and also what body changes to expect after birth is while you are still pregnant.
This way you will not be surprised by what you will experience during this postpartum recovery period.
Many women prepare for pregnancy well, but do not prepare for the postpartum period. As a result, they are surprised by how their body changes and what they are experiencing. I want you to know what to expect as this will help avoid some unnecessary stress for you.
Most prenatal education classes focus almost entirely on what to expect during labour.
You get little information about what to expect during the postpartum period. Fortunately, this is changing and more time and care is being dedicated to afterbirth.
How Long Does It Take To Recover?
Many articles and posts will use ‘6 weeks’ as a guide for healing and recovering during this postpartum period. However, this is just an estimate and can take much longer which is why my Online Postnatal Recovery Program lasts for 12 weeks.
You need sufficient rest for the muscles and ligaments that hold your uterus in place to regain their strength.
It is vital you give your body adequate time to heal from stitches, bruising, swelling, and sore muscles. If you have had a Cesarean section, then you will require the full 12 weeks and possibly longer to recover from the abdominal surgery.
This is where you must follow your doctor’s instructions on when you can return to exercise or pre pregnancy daily activities.
Common Postpartum Symptoms Include
- Cramping as your uterus slowly contracts back to its usual size, shape, and position.
- You may lose some hair.
- You may feel sad and teary.
- You may experience night sweats due to hormones.
- You may experience sore nipples and engorgement.
- You may continue to go to the toilet frequently.
- You may also leak a little bit of urine when you cough or laugh.
Stock-up on Disposable Mesh Underwear
Disposable underwear will keep your own good underwear from getting ruined. They are also waistband-free so they will be less likely to irritate your C-section incision if you had one.
You may experience vaginal bleeding (called lochia) which can be heavier than a typical period due to bleeding from the site where the placenta was attached, as well as shedding the thick layer of uterine lining that cushioned your baby.
Build Your Support team – Ask for Help!
You will undoubtedly be sore after the birth and throughout your recovery period so accept help from family and friends when it comes to cooking meals, doing the laundry or looking after your other children.