The Postpartum resource guide is designed to help new moms easily find the answers and resources to questions about what is often referred to as the 4th trimester.
Any Mom Who Recently Gave Birth Is Postpartum. Postpartum is just as important as any other stage during pregnancy and often the most overlooked.
Postpartum moms are in a tender state, dealing both with the physical recovery from childbirth, and the emotions and concerns of caring for an infant.
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Postpartum moms often feel like they should not have to ask others for help and/or feel guilty for not instinctively knowing how to care for baby. If you feel this way your are not alone and its time to reach out to friends and family for help.
A good practice is to make a list of friends and family nearby and write down how each person could be of assistance.
Ask yourself questions like: Do I have several friends who have children?
They might be perfect to have on a list to call if you have questions, or maybe they could come over and watch your baby while you sleep for an hour, or whatever you may need to do to take care of yourself.
You might have friends that love to cook. Ask them if they would be willing to prepare a few simple meals for your family. Alternative ideas are to have them help with laundry, running errands, cleaning, or just being a good listener. Looking at the list will make you feel more in control. Also it is a great reminder of the circle of friends and family you are surrounded by.
There are lots of options when it comes to feeding your baby and it is good to have a understanding of all of your choices. While most moms opt for breastfeeding there are plenty of moms who exclusively pump, pump and supplement and also formula feed. How you choose to feed your baby depends on your lifestyle and is your choice. Don't let anyone shame you or make you feel guilty for your feeding choice.
In the period following birth it is important for moms to do self checks regarding their own health. It's easy to become overwhelmed with your new baby that you forget to care for yourself. Your doctor, nurse or midwife may have gone over some symptoms to watch out for regarding your own postpartum health.
AWHOON (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) has created a flyer, SAVE YOUR LIFE with the top signs to watch for in the weeks following your pregnancy. You can print a copy and use this as a daily reference tool.
In addition to the flyer, be sure to have your doctors and your babies doctors numbers handy for yourself and your family to easily access. Also, Trust Your Instincts, if you feel that there is something not right with yourself or with your baby, listen to your gut and get medical attention.
Postpartum hormonal and body changes include:
The good news is that most of these hormonal and body changes will revert back to the way things where pre-birth within a mater of months. Take a look at the Mayo Clinics page to learn more.