All posts tagged: birth recovery

Why a birth debrief matters…

It’s a chance to talk through and make sense of the birth of your baby, which may have been different from your expectations or it may have left you feeling upset or in shock. There is no set time to have a birth debrief session, I see parents at different points after the birth of a baby… you might want to talk it through during the first weeks or months when it is fresh in your mind you could be thinking about having another baby but the birth is still weighing on your mind or you might be pregnant again and in need of a debrief before you can prepare properly for birth again. Talking through birth is a huge part of my postnatal sessions, and I work with a lot of parents on a one-to-one basis to talk it through in greater detail. It really helps to be open and honest about how you are feeling, maybe saying things to me that you wouldn’t share with anyone else for fear of worrying them. Birth …

Your Body After Birth

Your body after birth might feel quite unfamiliar to you for a while and you may need some time to rest, recover and heal. Every woman is different, some women bounce back after pregnancy and birth while others need longer to feel well again. Your body after birth – the first week… You may look like you are 4-5 months pregnant for a few weeks because your stomach muscles will stay soft for a while. You will experience lochia – bloodloss – which will be like a heavy, clotty period. You will need to change your maternity pads very regularly throughout the day. This can be heavy for the first couple of weeks before it becomes more like a normal period. Clots probably won’t be any bigger than a 50p and there shouldn’t be an odour. If you are unsure about anything, you can check with your midwife and your GP. It can last for up to 6 weeks. If you have given birth vaginally, you will most probably feel stretched and out of shape. …

Your Birth Bag

Your birth bag is about having a few things to hand to help you feel more comfortable. Whether you are planning to have your baby at home or in hospital, it can be useful to have a few essentials in case you need them It can seem like you are taking a lot in to hospital but some of it can stay in the car and it may be better to take more so it’s there if you need it. Here’s a few ideas for you… For your baby… • Nappies, cotton wool, wipes • Formula and bottles if you are planning to formula feed or you want it as a back-up – the ready-made bottled formula can be the easiest option. • A blanket • A couple of muslin squares • 4 sleep-suits and bodysuits • A hat and a pair of socks • Car seat to take your baby home Some parents keep additional birth bag items in the car in case they need them or if they are in hospital for a …

After birth – looking after you…

I saw this on social media yesterday and I love it, shared it and nicked it – I have received a few messages about it and there was an interesting thread on the original post which was a combination of agreement and a bit of criticism. I speak to a lot of new mums and the overwhelming conversation is: “I wish I had rested more at the beginning”. Mumming is relentless because we are always on duty so to rest in the beginning is vital – when we are recovering from birth, resting, feeding and bonding with our baby. Of course this isn’t prescriptive and it won’t be right for everyone but something that provokes conversation and encourages women to rest and for partners and families to support that rest can only be a good thing. Rest afterwards can be about bedding in for a few days – being looked after and cared for so you can rest and sleep and cuddle your baby. And for the next few days it can be about pottering …