After Giving Birth New Mom Postpartum Stress Survival Tips

The postpartum period is part of pregnancy and as such it is a medical condition with lots of symptoms. Make your postpartum recovery easier with these tips.

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Postpartum is part of pregnancy and many times we all think pregnancy stops when you delivery your baby. The postpartum period is the 6 to 8 weeks after having a baby. For a new mom these weeks can be a very stressful, challenging and confusing for new moms. Read on for great postpartum stress survival tips to make this precious new mother/child transitional period less stressful, less traumatic, easier and more enjoyable for you and your new baby.

As a midwife I put a lot of thought and effort into my pregnancy and birthing experience. My first son was born at home in a birthing pool surrounded by people I loved. But none of my midwifery knowledge prepared me for the first few weeks after having a baby.

For me the postpartum part of pregnancy was very stressful and physically challenging. I had a long labor and every part of my body hurt. It felt like I had been hit by a truck. I share with you some post delivery stress reducing survival tips that made the end of my second pregnancy more enjoyable.

 Arrange help for the household chores:

Believe me; you will be too exhausted to keep up with everything postpartum. Don't be afraid to ask for help during your pregnancy or request a home cleaning gift certificate as a great baby shower gift that can be used after having a baby.

 Stock your freezer with pre-cooked meals:

New moms get hungry at odd hours and it is not unusual to be too tired to cook.

 Schedule chiropractic adjustments during the first week postpartum:

Pregnancy and childbirth moves many of your pelvic bones out of alignment (even if you have a cesarean section birth). Use the expertise of your chiropractor to realign your pelvis, hips and back. This will definitely expedite your recovery following birth.

 Have a good supply of large sanitary napkins and adult diapers in your hospital bag and at home:

I am not kidding! After pregnancy new moms will experience very heavy bleeding and regular sanitary towels will not do the job. Most hospitals give new moms cheap sanitary towels postpartum. This will also save your bed linen from been destroyed.

 Sleep when your baby sleeps:

As a new mom postpartum be prepared to be exhausted. Take every opportunity to sleep whenever your baby sleeps. Don't be afraid to cry (and don't worry about it).

Pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum results in changing levels of hormones. After childbirth there is a rapid decrease in hormones that occurs approximately on the third, fifth and tenth day. These hormone adjustments can be emotionally challenging for the mother. You may cry for no apparent reason so let it out and know this is all part of a normal pregnancy postpartum.

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Hannah Bajor