Postpartum Care

Congratulations, your baby has arrived! How are you recovering from this miraculous event? Do you feel like you have a new and different body? Well, in many ways you do. Your body has just undergone the most amazing transformation that life has to offer. Think about all of the changes  your body has experienced over the last nine months. The birthing process alone, whether you had a c-section or vaginal birth, is exhausting and requires recuperation and healing.

Much of the focus will now be on your newborn. I highly encourage you to find the space and time to take care of yourself; as a happy baby is a reflection of a well cared for and  healthy mother.  The postpartum period is a very important time for you to take care of your physical and emotional needs.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.  – Rajneesh

Remember all of your body’s changes in pregnancy and birth

  • You gained and lost anywhere from 25-80 lbs
  • Your hormones have been roller coastering
  • The abdominal muscles were stretched like taffy
  • The ligaments that support your joints loosened
  • The organs compressed  and shifted around
  • Your pelvic floor and bladder..need  I say more?
  • C-section surgery (maybe)
  • The pelvic floor stretched the size of your baby’s head
  • Gravity had its way with your spine, pelvis and other joints
  • Your uterus grew to accommodate your baby
  • Your uterus contracted for hours on end
  • Your body/mind is exhausted

There are many health concerns that arise from carrying  and birthing your baby. The above list details many of the factors that contribute to  women’s experiences in the postpartum years and beyond.

Postpartum issues include:

  • Low back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Pubic bone /groin/tailbone pain
  • Neck pain
  • Wrist & hand pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sacroliliac pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Vaginal pain
  • Foot pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary/fecal incontinence
  • Abdominal muscle weakness
  • Diastasis recti
  • Scar tissue (vaginal, c-section)
  • Cesarean section rehab
  • Episiotomy pain
  • Poor posture
  • Numbness/tingling in arms/legs

Sadly, many women accept these issues as a part of birthing and often believe that they must live with these conditions.

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