Postpartum Period And Recovery

After nine months of pregnancy and childbirth as a final event, the body needs to recover and return to its former state. Although you are directly directed to the baby and its needs you should also take care of your recovery. This recovery period varies from woman to woman, but the stages you pass through are mostly the same.

In the beginning

The first phase is the phase of the uterine recovery (uterus). Doctors will warn you of possible prolonged bleeding. The first day is bright red, and it is mixed with mucus, and then as time moves, it gets brighter until it completely stops leaking. Foot swelling is possible. It is recommended to hold them at a slight elevation relative to the hips. Menstrual pains are almost common as the uterus returns to its original form and position, and these contractions are particularly pronounced during breastfeeding.


Power and energy are slowly returning, but it requires rest, so you should grab the opportunity to have a nap when your baby sleeps because you will have to breastfeed three to four times a night. It is very important that in that period the partner to be with you as much as possible if nothing else to help with changing and bathing the baby.

If you are wondering what about body weight and its return to the original level, you will have to wait. Of course, it’s all individually, and the metabolism is different from woman to woman. But certainly, it takes some time to pass. Initially, you will lose a few pounds counting on fetal water and retained fluid in the body, and fat deposits can be reduced by a more moderate diet (avoid fatty foods, foods with plenty of unhealthy sugars, desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, etc.).


What is common in the case of new mothers is postpartum depression. A sudden drop in hormone levels, anxiety about baby care. And insomnia make the woman more vulnerable and slightly more prone to depression. The intensity of feeling depressed depends largely on the character and liability of the personality. s well as the circumstances surrounding it. When it is mild and almost imperceptible, it passes quickly. It’s normal that your feelings are mixed because maternity is a new condition.


If this period is prolonged more than two weeks, then you must urgently consult with a doctor. Many women will feel uncomfortable because they have thoughts that do not fit their condition. But they need to understand that it is part of a phenomenon that is common. And that they will be cured. If you are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction resulting from post pardum depression it’s important to seek treatment for depression as well as your addiction. Learn more about substance abuse resources in Washington.

About the Author Ethel R. Benton