The postpartum time is so crucial for Mum's and Baby's health and bond that it needs to be prioritised and encouraged.
When a woman gets pregnant, from the very first positive pregnancy test, she is cared for by a doctor. Every week or two a check-up where all vitals are checked including Baby’s. The care most women receive during pregnancy is usually fantastic.
But one thing I can never understand is why it stops so suddenly as soon as Baby is born. There is one check-up at 6 weeks post-partum but other than that women are really on their own with it all.
The first six weeks after delivery is usually referred to as the postpartum period. It is an intense period for every new mum. Your body has just gone through 9 months of pregnancy and then given birth. Which any mum will know is no easy task!
It is trying to heal and recuperate after that. You are leaking breastmilk and your boobs are sore and you are bleeding. Your hormones are trying to regulate which can leave you feeling a little all over the place. And let’s not even mention the little insomniac you have just brought into the world!
It is this time where women should be most looked after in my opinion. It is a time so crucial for mum's and baby's health and bond that it needs to be prioritised and encouraged.
For so many, feeling overwhelmed by all this newness, we try to rush back to being our "old selves." Stupidly comparing ourselves to friends and other mums. When really there is no comparison, we are all trying our best.
One way or another.
We try to “bounce back” as quickly as possible and get into a routine when really we should be getting into our comfies and enjoying this new little bubble. With your only “to do” is relax and nourish body with healthy, wholesome food for the next few weeks.
There is a saying, for after you have a baby, that goes: “One week in the bed, one week around the bed and one week around the house”. I couldn’t agree more. I think because there is no check-up etc for new mums during this period it is easy to forget that is time is so important for Baby but also the new mum too.
This Instagram post is a great way to highlight just what a vulnerable and overwhelming time this is for new mums – and why they are the ones arguably that need the most care through this period.
Laura Doyle, Mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.