Let's talk postpartum recovery for a few. What will it be like? Have you thought about it? Are you prepared for it? Whether you are going to have a vaginal or cesarean birth there are things that you should be prepared for and we want to guide you through your recovery with some helpful tips.
1. Don't over do it!
Have you heard of other women mention the term "after birth high"? Well it is a thing you will feel invincible, I mean you did just birth a tiny human. You will have a ton of energy and want to pick up right where you left off before baby was here. Cleaning, cooking, and taking care of your other children. The truth is even though you feel amazing at the moment your body just went through something major. You can overdo it now but you will definitely be paying the price later. Take it slow. Let your spouse, family and friends help you with things when they offer (we know we know its hard) or if you do not have any help near by hire a mother's helper or postpartum doula until you feel 100% again.
2. Meal Prepping Party!
Want to do something fun with your friends before baby is here but aren't really up for a "night out"? Have your friends come over and have a meal prepping party! Choose some easy freezer friendly meals ahead of time and have some fun busting them out with your friends. You still get to hang out, gossip and have fun while preparing meals for your family for when baby arrives. Not having to worry about what to make, do you have all the ingredients and just not cooking in general after baby comes will do a lot for a girls mental health during that postpartum adjustment. This will be such a life saver while you and your family are adjusting to your new family dynamic.
3. Postpartum Bleeding (Lochia)
Did you know even if you have a cesarean birth there will still be some postpartum bleeding that you will have to deal with. YES! So get prepared. Stocking up on the not so stylish undies from the hospital and pads is a must! The undies are super comfortable believe it or not and hold everything in the right place. Your bleeding will start off as bright red and heavy and as at the days and weeks go on the bleeding will slowly taper off and change in color. Some things to look out for and seek medical attention for is
- you soak a sanity pad within an hour while laying down
- your discharge has a foul odor
- you pass a blood clot bigger than a golf ball
- you have a fever of 100.4 or higher
Your postpartum recovery is important and you deserve time to rest, heal and recover from the birth of your baby. Try to get prepared as possible and enjoy those newborn baby snuggles.