Postpartum health is, in my opinion, is not talked about enough from a nurturing and healing perspective.
So much advice will tell you to simply start moving the way you use to and think nothing of it. Unfortunately that type of thought process can have many long term disadvantages, and new and seasoned moms deserve better.
There are layers to transforming through your 4th trimester and on. You are not the same person, mind, body, or soul as you were before you went in-so there are many things to consider. Taking care of oneself during this time is crucial for the overall health and well-being of the new mother.
One of the most common physical challenges that women face after giving birth is soreness and discomfort in the abdominal and genital areas. This is due to all ways childbirth can cause stretching and trauma that the body endures while undergoing the birthing process. To alleviate this discomfort, it is important to rest as much as possible, take warm baths or showers, and use the best remedies for yourself to alleviate the discomfort. It is also important to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity until the body has fully recovered. This is KEY. The right demand in the right areas at the right time is important with the physical healing process and can make all the difference.
Another common physical challenge after childbirth is the fatigue. The demands of caring for a newborn, as well as the physical demands of the childbirth itself are things to absolutely consider. To manage this best, it is important to get as much rest as possible and to delegate tasks to others when possible. Lean on your people, they love you and that’s what they’re there to do. The quality of your food is very important and has many influences on crucial things such as sleep, energy, and digestion (which is very challenging postpartum). Stay as hydrated as possible, and be sure take short breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. Napping while baby naps is real, prioritize those over other tasks in the first couple weeks.
Emotional well-being is also an important aspect of postpartum health. Many women experience “baby blues” in the first few weeks after giving birth, which can include mood swings, tearfulness, and irritability. This is a normal response to the physical and emotional demands of childbirth and is usually temporary. However, if these feelings persist or become severe, it may be a sign of postpartum depression, which is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Symptoms of postpartum depression include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, as well as changes in appetite, sleep, and energy levels. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider for treatment.
Some things that can really help you through the turmoil is breathing techniques, exercise, and as mentioned above, food habits. Finding a like minded community can help to guide you in a wholesome direction with healthy habits that aid in a better experience of this process.
The physical healing aspect of postpartum health is going to re-strengthen and prepare your body for the continued demands of parenting as your baby grows and develops!
In conclusion, postpartum health is an important aspect of the post-birth experience that should not be overlooked. Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being during this time is crucial for the overall health and well-being of the new mother. It is important to get as much rest as possible, eat well, move well, and seek medical attention if necessary. By taking care of yourself, you will be better able to care for your newborn and navigate the challenges of early parenthood
- Coach Nicki
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