My Postpartum Journey, part I

I felt like I had been run over by a truck. My new baby was in my arms but this was nothing like the idyllic postpartum time I had expected. My beautiful pregnant belly was now just a big belly and no clothes fit. I felt like my pelvic floor was falling out and I couldn’t walk up or down the stairs for the first month after giving birth. The enormity of becoming a mother hit me hard. I loved this little being with all my heart and soul but I felt as though I had just walked through a door in to a different life and wasn’t sure where to begin managing it.

Prior to giving birth I thought that postpartum depression was the most significant health concern to watch out for. I had a healthy pregnancy, I had put meals in the freezer and my husband was taking some time off. This should be easy, right?

Somehow I had missed the memo on how foreign your body would feel after giving birth. I was completely unprepared for how long it would take my body to heal physically. I was a doctor and I felt unsure of how to even start the healing process.

Thankfully, I had a team of wellness practitioners that helped piece my body and health back together. But it took months for me to feel like I mentally had any grasp on motherhood and even longer to feel like my body was starting to function and feel “normal” again. Little did I know that this terrible postpartum experience would be the beginning of a huge exploration in to the culture and care for postpartum mamas which is exactly why I’m talking to you today.

As I went through that healing journey I had this nagging feeling in my mind that there must be something more. More support and more care for postpartum mamas. I knew that somewhere, someone knew wildly wonderful ways that would sweep the mother into a healing cocoon to help her transition, adjust and heal after birth.

The following two years after my first baby’s birth were spent finding just that. As I researched, the most wonderful healing practices, traditions and support opened up before me. I spent time reading about what herbal medicines were perfect to help the new mother feel replenished and rejuvenated. I read about nutrition plans that were meant specifically to help a mama heal after birth. I paired all that with my medical knowledge of how to prevent birth tears, incontinence and other physical ailments that mothers experience.

I took all this information and I developed my own postpartum healing plan. A rejuvenation plan of sorts. It wasn’t a healing plan where I would have the tools on hand to heal my body once something happened. It was a proactive healing plan. It was all about avoiding common postpartum ailments all the while helping me feel rejuvenated and vibrant after giving birth.

Two years after having my first baby, I had my second and I put that rejuvenation plan in to place. Want to know what happened? Head on over HERE to read it!

Do you have a young baby?

Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted and unsure how to help your body heal after birth? That’s exactly where I come in. Head on over HERE and we will develop a plan that will help you feel nurtured, cared for and most of all, healed.

Are you pregnant?

Do you want to make sure your postpartum time makes you feel grounded and empowered? Do you want to avoid common health problems like incontinence and depression after birth? Head over HERE and sign up for one of my vibrant postpartum prep sessions.