Your body grew a person! For nine months, you watched your body change and grow. Now that your baby has been born it is quickly changing again.
It’s going to take some time for you to recover. You will need to get plenty of rest (Easier said than done, right? We can help!), nourish your body with healthy whole foods, and stay hydrated.
Your tummy may still look like you are pregnant and within the first few days your breasts will become heavy and full with milk.
Red Flags: If your breasts become hard, painful, and red, along with a fever, or you develop a tender, hard area in your breast, see your doctor!
You will experience lochia, vaginal bleeding and discharge caused by your shedding uterine lining.
Red Flags: Watch for heavy bleeding (soaking more than one pad per hour in the first 3 days, or more than one pad every 3 hours on day 3+), bleeding that does not decrease over time, sharp abdominal pain, or fever over 38 degrees.
Unfortunately, those cankles may not disappear after your baby’s birth. It’s usually normal to retain some fluid in your extremities following delivery.
Red Flags: You’ll want to watch for uneven swelling, where one foot, ankle, or leg is more swollen than the other, swelling that gets worse, or a painful, red lump in your lower leg.
Your entire bottom may be sore.
Red Flags: If instead of feeling increasingly better your perineum starts to become more painful, you should see your doctor.
Hemorrhoids are a common postpartum discomfort.
Red Flags: You should see your doctor if it feels like your hemorrhoids are preventing you from having a bowel movement, they’re very hard and painful, or you have bleeding from your rectum.
I know how challenging it is to navigate your mom bod while learning to care for your baby and adjusting to your new life.
As your postpartum doula, I can help you establish what is normal and what isn’t. I will assist you with household chores, infant and childcare, and errands, so that you have time to care for your changing body. You deserve to shower peacefully, eat nutritious food, and get the rest you need. My Calgary doula team cares for you, so that you can care for your family!