Continuing along in our “What to expect from your postpartum body” series, we will discuss 4-8 postpartum.
Up next in our “What to expect from your body postpartum” series, we will cover 2-4 weeks postpartum. Click to read what to expect in terms of healing, when to contact your healthcare provider or seek treatment from a pelvic floor PT, and how to safely begin returning to exercise.
There are plenty of books on what to expect during pregnancy, but women are often left without much guidance about what to expect after the baby arrives.
How do I return to HIIT after having a baby? How much time do I take off before starting back up? The answers are not one-size-fits-all. What’s important is that you understand the principles for safe and effective progression.
How does breastfeeding affect your pelvic health?
Tips and discussion topics for your first postpartum check up to make the most of your recovery.
Diastasis recti is a separation of the connective tissue in the middle of the large abdominal muscles known as the rectus abdominis (6 pack abs). Here’s how you can help prevent it, and what to do if you have it.
Perineal tearing during a vaginal delivery can have varying levels of severity, and each woman’s tissue heals differently. While most perineal tearing heals on its own with stitching, there are times when the body can over heal and develop an excess of tissue at the wound site. This is known as granulation tissue.
We’ve all heard of “the baby blues,” but what happens when it’s not sadness you feel? What happens when all you feel is debilitating anxiety? Maybe it hits you in the hospital, maybe as soon as you get home, or (as in my case) many weeks into your postpartum journey. It’s scary, all-consuming, and quite frankly it can make you feel helpless.
When and how should you return to sex postpartum? If you have a partner, have an open and honest conversation about easing back into sex or other forms of intimacy.
Adrienne Gobe shares her research on the best books for breastfeeding. These books can be a resource as you prepare for and are troubleshooting during your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is a relationship, it has to work for both you and your child. And most importantly, your worth is not measured in ounces!
During my pregnancy, I knew I wanted to breastfeed my son. I read the books and bought the supplies. I had the breastfeeding pillows and salves and shirts. I had the pump and the rocking chair and ice packs. I was ready for sore nipples and sleepless nights. I was not, however, prepared for the back pain.
A six week postpartum visit typically does not include screening or assessment for pelvic floor issues that would warrant a referral to a pelvic health physical therapist.
Tips to keep your breastmilk supply up when returning to work and how I wean my baby once I stop nursing
What to expect from your first postpartum period: when will it happen, what will it be like, and what you’ll need.