3 Things to Know About Your Postpartum Body

Updated: Apr 3

Ahhhhh postpartum.... We do so much work to prepare for the baby, but our society forgets all about the parents. We talk to people all the time who say, "nobody told me ___!" or "I wish I'd known about ___!"

Our 2-hour, virtual, Preparing for Postpartum Workshop was designed to peel back the curtain and give you a true insight into the first 12 weeks after baby is born, as well as tools to set yourself up to thrive in the postpartum period. Sign up today for our next class today!

3 Things to Know About Your Postpartum Body:

1. Bodily Fluids

  • You'll bleed vaginally for 2-6 weeks postpartum, even if you have a c-section. This bleeding is from the wound left inside the uterus when the placenta detaches. Stay in bed and rest (read more: here) to aid healing. We recommend this kit from Frida Mom for essential supplies.

  • Sweating is normal, especially at night. It should resolve on it's own in a few weeks.

  • Incontinence is common, but not normal. See a PT to strengthen your pelvic floor. We recommend Dr. Michelle Wall in Minnesota, or Your Postpartum PT if you're looking for a virtual option.

2. Physical Changes

  • You'll still look pregnant for a while - bellies don't "bounce back" instantly. Pack maternity clothes to wear home from the hospital. Consider wearing a belly band for support (it's not a waist trainer, but may provide comfort as your abs regain strength).

  • Get checked for diastasis recti before resuming intense exercise.

  • You'll lose a lot of hair from your head around 4-5 months postpartum, but it will grow back.

3. Mental Health

  • Feelings of "Baby Blues" are common for the first two weeks due to massive hormonal shifts.

  • Perinatal mood disorders are more than just postpartum depression - they include things like anxiety, OCD, and PTSD, and can happen while still pregnant.

  • You're not a bad parent if it feels hard. Talk to a mental health professional who specializes in perinatal mood disorders. Check out: Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota.

Postpartum is hard, but it's easier with support and a plan.

Register for our next Preparing for Postpartum Workshop, or talk to one of our doulas today!

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