You’re pregnant and you go to each prenatal appointment diligently. You are so excited to meet your new sweet baby. What will they look like? What will their personality be like? And more importantly for the moment, how is birth going to be? You go to a birth class that helps you feel prepared and confident as you go in to labor. And then, there is your baby, in your arms just like you’ve been waiting for.
Now you’re home with your partner and your baby. The first night home you barely get any sleep. It’s been a few days and you still haven’t been sleeping and your body feels sore (an understatement for sure!). You are terrified to have a bowel movement, you’re constipated and have hemorrhoids. You’re anxious about how to care for your baby and it all feels overwhelming. How are you supposed to be caring for this baby, being up all hours of the night feeding and changing diapers while also healing your own, tender postpartum body?
This story is not to scare mothers. This is a reality that far too many women experience. Right now during pregnancy moms concentrate about how to prepare for the birth. Reasonably so, birth is one of the most intense physical events you will ever go through. But ultimately birth lasts anywhere from a few hours up to a few days. Postpartum is the rest of your life.
In order to avoid common stories like the one I outlined above, we need to shift how we prepare for postpartum. Postpartum planning should be a part of every pregnant woman’s planning. I just mentioned that birth is one of the most intense physical events you will ever go through. A marathon may be something that you can easily imagine that is also physically intense. Would you run a marathon without a plan of how to heal your muscles and nourish your body afterwards? I’m guessing you wouldn’t.
It’s similar, and even more important to plan for what’s to come after your birth. Your body needs more nourishment and care than any other time in your life.
Postpartum mothers deserve proactive medicine. It’s common knowledge that postpartum mamas are susceptible to depression, anxiety and physical ailments like hemorrhoids, incontinence, pain with intercourse, and digestive problems after giving birth. All of these things are preventable if the mother is given the right care and support.
I can tell you the importance of postpartum planning from my two very different postpartum experiences. When I had my first baby, my body felt terrible and after having my second baby, I felt really good. What was the difference? I spent my second pregnancy planning for postpartum. I put together a whole postpartum rejuvenation plan that I diligently put into practice once my baby was born. It was incredible how nurtured and supported I felt during that second postpartum time and I wish that for you too.
Are you pregnant?
Do you want to set up a postpartum plan that helps you feel grounded, empowered and replenished after giving birth? Do you want to avoid common health problems like incontinence and depression after birth? You can. I have a postpartum planning session that’s just for you!