Postpartum At Home Care

Roughly the first six to eight weeks after childbirth are referred to as the postpartum period and although new mothers are generally overjoyed at the arrival of their newborns, they are also left to grapple with physical, mental, and emotional adjustments.

Postpartum symptoms can feel overwhelming at times, particularly when trying to manage them alone; Read further for helpful tips to effectively and healthily navigate the postpartum period.

What Are Some Common Postpartum Symptoms, and How Can They Be Managed?

Most people have heard of postpartum depression, but even new mothers who don’t experience prolonged depression are likely to encounter the “baby blues.” Approximately 70-80% of new mothers will deal with negative feelings or mood swings in the weeks following childbirth as a result of hormonal changes. 

Symptoms of the baby blues include everything from irritability, impatience, and weepiness to insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. The good news is that these symptoms should only last for about 14 days after delivery.

Mothers who have prolonged symptoms of the baby blues or are experiencing additional feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or thoughts of hurting their baby, may be dealing with postpartum depression. At this point, it’s time to seek assistance from a provider.

While the mental and emotional postpartum symptoms are immense, the physical repercussions are equally lofty. Some physical symptoms new mothers can expect to see following delivery include:

Generally speaking, postpartum care at home is all about adjusting as fully and as comfortably as possible. New mothers should get as much rest as possible, eat healthy diets to promote healing and overall well-being, perform low-impact exercises (once approved by a doctor), and work on assimilating to their new lives. Experiencing tough postpartum symptoms is natural, it is important to do everything possible to curb the symptoms, and to seek help from friends, family, and healthcare providers when it becomes necessary.

Author
Richard Lorenzo, DO

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