Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pregnancy. Show all posts

Recovery After Childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth put a massive strain on your body. It spends months changing
and developing as it grows and houses your baby, giving up some of its own needs to look
after the life it's now responsible for. Pregnancy is a marathon, and it changes all of the time.
You get used to the morning sickness, then it's gone, and you're hit with swelling and exhaustion.
Even the best pregnancies are hard work.

Then, there's the birth itself. Your body has been working hard for 40 weeks (on top of all of the
hard work it does the rest of the time) and now it's got this mammoth challenge to contend with
as you become a parent.

Then, it's over. You've given birth; your baby is here. But, far from getting time to relax and
recover, you've got a baby to take care of. Night feeds, colic, nappy changes and cuddles
are all suddenly your job, and you've got no time to recover from the massive physical effort
you’ve just been through. Here's some advice to help you.


Sleep is probably what you need the most, and what you are going to get the least of. Even if
your baby is a good sleeper, there will be night feeds for the first few months. Ask your partner
to help as much as they can. Even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, they could get up and
do nappy changes and then bring the baby to you to feed. Then, try to nap in the daytime when
you can. Even a 10-minute power nap will give your body some recovery time.

Assess the Damage

Pregnancy and childbirth affect us all in different ways. Which means we all recover at a
different rate. One of the first things you should do is take stock of the damage. If you are
lucky, you'll have some stomach cramps and a bit of soreness which passes on its own in a
few days.

If you're not so lucky, you may have stitches which need looking after, heavy bleeding,
fissures, infections and caesarean stitches. If you have any of these problems, it's important
to keep an eye on your recovery, so that you know when you need more help. If you don't think
that you are recovering properly, get help after your birth injury, and ask your doctor or midwife
to have a look.

Drink Water

Your body is trying to get back to normal, your uterus is shrinking back, you are bleeding,
you're tried, and you've got no time to take care of yourself. It's only normal to feel exhausted
and dehydrated. Make sure you settle down for every feed with a glass of water and a
healthy snack to give your body a boost and improve your mood.

Lie Down

You could be very sore for a few days or even weeks after the delivery. This is normal, but
you may find that sitting down makes it worse. Avoid hard seats, using a cushion when you
can, and lie down when you can to take the pressure off and give your body a chance to heal.


You certainly won't want to rush out and run a 10k the week after giving birth. In fact, you
should avoid any strenuous activity for at least six weeks and then build up slowly when
you do start keeping fit again. But, some exercise is good.

Your stomach muscles have been through a tremendous ordeal to accommodate your
growing child, and now they need to go back to normal. Spend a little time each day gently
tensing them and holding the tense for a few seconds. As you get stronger, hold for longer.
But, if you have any pain, stop and rest before carrying on.

You should also do Kegel exercises to help everything else get back to normal. This will stop
any incontinence and help any stitches you may have had heal by increasing blood flow to the
area. Again, start gently, then add more reps and longer tenses as you start to feel better.

Take Stock of Your Feelings

The baby blues are completely normal, and most women experience anxiety, fear and sadness
to some extent. Your whole life has changed, your body hurts, your hormones are all over the
place, and you feel like you'll never get a good night's sleep again. A little mood fluctuation is to
be expected.

If at any point you feel it's more than this, or like it's not getting any better, speak to a
professional who can offer you further advice.

Pregnancy Dreams

Pregnancy is a magical time filled with growth, love and magic, oh and Tom Cruise haunting dreams...

Well, I have had plenty of time to dream lately. I can barely stay awake with this pregnancy. My husband has given me a great excuse, I am "sleeping for 2." With all the time I have spent sleeping, I have been having really odd dreams.

Now, I know that no one really cares about your dreams, we all think our dreams are interesting to others, but really they are not. I am not going to let that stop me from sharing my strange dreams with you.

It all started about 6 weeks ago. I watched Rock of Ages with my husband and dozed off shortly after the movie had ended. I dreamed that Tom Cruise was actually the bad guy in the Scream movies and he was looking in my windows... little did I know that Tom Cruise, who I am not particularly fond of would become a common theme in my pregnancy dreams.

Nearly every night since then, Tom Cruise has had a villainous role in my dreams. Sometimes he is peeking in the windows of my house terrifying me. Some nights he tries to steal my baby. Some nights I have 1 baby, 2 babies, 3 babies, 4 babies (they just keep coming) and Tom Cruise is pretending to be my doctor so he can steal them from me. Really? What the heck?!

Other nights my doctor is actually not my doctor, but my son's wacky pediatrician, and I have to flee the doctor's office or the hospital in fear. Then I run into Tom Cruise and can't get away from him.

Some nights, Tom Cruise is dating my mother in law. Which part is scariest? Tom Cruise or my Mother in Law? I can't decide, they are both pretty frightening.

Did you have strange dreams while you were pregnant? Do you remember any of them? If so, please share!