by Anita Hill, mum of two children and Founder of Comfyse
If you have ANY concerns about what’s happening or how you’re feeling both physically and mentally, do speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP. Your gut instinct is usually right, and so don’t worry about “bothering” the health professionals. It is important that you openly talk about any concerns, whether they are physical or psychological.
The change in your hormones can make you feel tearful, anxious or low. This is common in new mums. However for some women this can escalate into what is known as post-natal depression. There is far more awareness of PND now, and so you must be honest and talk to people around you if you are feeling low in your mood. Health professionals can hep you to understand if what you are experiencing is PND and what help you can access, so that you can start to feel better and have a more positive postpartum.
If you aren’t aware, these are some of the more common physical conditions that new mums can experience in their postpartum too;
- Postpartum piles
- Postpartum fibroids
- Postpartum SPD
- Postpartum with perineal stitches
- Postpartum with coccyx displacement
Experiencing these conditions whilst also having heavy bleeding (lochia), will make resting and recuperating really hard for a new mum.
It is important though that you do what you can to rest as you will be busy all day and night caring for your baby’s needs. However you must care for yourself too.
Some of the most beneficial postpartum things to buy to help you care for yourself during the postpartum period are:
- Constipation relief gels or sachets which help you not to strain when going to the toilet
- Tea tree oil to use in the bath, to help keep any stitches clean
- Spritz sprays for your sensitive perineum
- Maternity pants
- Maternity pads
- For postpartum perineal pain try the new postpartum cushion, the Comfyse Cushy Cushion. It’s specially designed for mums and to be soft, supportive and flexible in design to enable new mums to rest and recuperate after their baby’s birth.
The postpartum period lasts for different lengths of time for different women. No matter how long it lasts, it’s so important that you get the care and support your need during this time when your life changes so much. Whatever help and support your partner, parents, in-laws, friends and siblings can give to you, take it.
It’s okay not to feel okay during your postpartum. No woman feels great 100% of the time after giving birth. Our bodies are truly amazing in creating and giving birth to life, however it does take time to recover from this experience. Make sure that you do all you can that helps your baby and you to bond, to rest and to recover.
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Disclaimer – Please seek medical advice from your GP Doctor or Midwife if you are concerned about any conditions or pain that you are experiencing during your pregnancy or postpartum.