7 Things Your Doula Wants You to Know About Postpartum
Postpartum = the period of time after birth. 73% of our followers report that postpartum is the hardest part of pregnancy. Why? We don't know what to expect, and we aren't prepared! Here's our list of things we wish someone would have told us about postpartum.
7 things to know about postpartum:
You'll bleed vaginally, even if you have a c-section. Stock up on menstrual pads and/or adult diapers. This bleeding is usually more intense than a period, and lasts 3-6 weeks.
Breast/chest feeding is a learned skill, and might not come naturally. Set yourself up for success by booking Lactation Support with Tabitha.
Skin-to-skin contact with baby is important for milk supply, and regulating baby's vitals.
Your uterus still contracts even after baby is out. This can be uncomfortable, and these contractions generally get stronger after each pregnancy. It usually lasts for a few days, and is triggered by milk letdown (breast/chest feeding or pumping).
Plan to stay in bed for the first week - you're healing! Check out our blog post on the 5-5-5 rule.
You'll still look pregnant and will be in maternity clothes for a while. Pack comfy maternity dresses to wear home from the hospital or birth center.
Maternity leave is not a vacation. It's really hard, and chances are you won't be ready to go back to work when it's over.
Not sure what to expect in postpartum? Join our next Preparing for Postpartum Workshop on July 27, 2021, 6-9pm, hosted at Advanced Medical in Golden Valley, MN. Register here.
Looking for extra support? Book a free consult to learn more about our postpartum doula services.
What would you add to the list?