5 Things No One Tells You About Postpartum

I wish a wonderful, healing and exciting postpartum time for each and every one of you mamas. The following tips are here to empower you. They are meant to help you navigate the postpartum time. Come back to this post as things begin to shift and change in your postpartum journey and remind yourself that you are not alone.

Without further ado, five things that no one tells you about the postpartum time and what to do about them!

1. Your body will feel foreign to you

Birth is the most significant physical event your body will go through. Whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section, you will feel different. Your vagina will feel sore. And when your vagina feels sore, it can be hard to walk and it can feel very uncomfortable to sit down or stand up. The first bowel movement will feel incredibly scary. Don’t worry - your organs will not fall out! Your uterus that just recently held your baby won’t go back to it’s normal size right away so it may feel funny.

What to do about it?

Get lots of rest postpartum. Belly wrapping can be very soothing for the new mama to help her feel like her body is healing correctly. Soothing broths, soups and teas help facilitate organs going back in to place and tissues healing.

2. Breastfeeding may not come easily

The first time you put your baby to your breast will be exhilarating but also a bit anxiety-producing. This is how the human race has survived for hundreds of thousands of years, shouldn’t it come easily? Unfortunately it’s usually not. You absolutely can get to a place where you have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship if you want it. But those first few times your baby latches you both you and the baby will need some guidance.

What to do about it?

One of the best things you can do is meet with a lactation consultation before giving birth! That way you can get tips so those first feeding times don’t feel so foreign and difficult.

3. Postpartum depression may come on long after you think the window has passed

The hormonal shifts particularly during the first year can be fairly significant. You may feel good the first few weeks of your baby’s life, but then have a difficult transition once you go back to work. Or you may feel a big hormonal shift as you drop number of feedings you give your baby.

What to do about it?

When you feel as though your emotions are out of control, take a moment to think about if something has changed in your bigger world. If you have just dropped an afternoon milk feeding, you probably have a hormonal shift. This doesn’t make it feel better, but it puts your feelings in to perspective and reminds you that it will pass. Make sure you don’t have any vitamin deficiencies or get your hormones tested. Work with someone who specializes in helping postpartum mamas (like me!) who can help you recognize and navigate what is happening.

4. Postpartum anxiety is normal (but also fixable!)

Postpartum depression (ppd) is talked about more often than anxiety. Many mamas will start to experience anxiety during the postpartum time and they may feel surprised and wonder why it’s happening. You may get anxious about your own health, or anxious that something may happen to your baby.

What to do about it?

Remind yourself that you’ve just given birth. You have been a bridge between the spirit world and the physical world to bring a human to life. Read that again and feel how enormous and wonderful that is. As we bring new beings to life, sometimes we can feel a vulnerability because we have touched the spirit world without understanding how or what it is. Give yourself space to reflect on this. Turn off your phone, stop reading the news, create a healing cocoon for yourself as you go through this sensitive time.

Anxiety can also be from a deficiency in vitamins and nutrients. I see this all the time in my practice because mothers get depleted after giving birth. Make sure you don’t have any vitamin deficiencies and focus on nourishment.

5. On your good days, you will feel like an amazing superhero (because you are!)

I wish this feeling upon all of you mamas, at least once a day!

What to do about it?

Relish it. Enjoy these feelings for every ounce of their worth!

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.