Much like your pregnancy, postpartum reality is different for every mom. Your body is recovering from growing and birthing another human being (or multiples!) and you’re adjusting to milk production. As a new mother, you are breastfeeding or pumping, getting back into the swing of eating for one, and mentally transforming from pregnancy to motherhood which can be overwhelming. Postpartum difficulties arise for every mother- from depression, to post-cesarean recovery, and more. We will go over many common issues and how to tackle them.
Postpartum depression can be a part of postpartum reality that can affect any mommy- whether you’re the most well-adjusted, happy person or not. Your hormonal fluctuations after birth combined with the new stresses and joys of motherhood can be overwhelming. Luckily, there is a lot of resources for women dealing with these issues-whether you’re the biological mother, a surrogate, or adoptive parent. Your support system of family and friends is your most important resource and past that, your physician can recommend more help.
Physically, child birth and pregnancy are extremely stressful. Your abdominal and pelvic muscles may not know what to do postpartum! Luckily, there are exercises that can help. Kegels can strengthen the pelvic floor, and you can begin these exercises anytime and continue them throughout your pregnancy. To get your core back up to par after stretching for baby, you can try the pelvic tilt, abdominal breathing, or leg sliding.
Postpartum reality after a c-section is a totally different game- you’ve had your abdominal muscles cut, and your exercise and physical activity will be limited for quite some time. Many women utilize support belts post surgery to help them stand comfortably, like the Better Binder Post-Partum Support Belt. These belts help patients reclaim abdominal muscle strength, and support the back, stabilizing the pelvis, spine and ribs. This can provide seriously needed relief to a busy post-operative mommy!
Another great way to help recover post partum is actually by breastfeeding. Not only is this how you can ensure you’re providing baby with nature’s perfect food, but you’re also promoting the release of hormones that will contract and shrink your uterus back to pre-pregnancy size! Breastfeeding supplies and equipment can come with a scary price tag, but thanks to the Health Care Reform, these items may be covered by your insurance company at little to no cost to you! Find out if your policy is compliant by completing the following simple, three-step Qualify Through Insurance form. An Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company, verify your coverage and network status, and contact you within 3-5 business days with your coverage and network status. If you have any immediate questions please call us at 844-867-9890, we look for to helping you!