Moms During Week 1
Chances are you’re exhausted, sore, and your new baby is awake at a time when you want to sleep, such as 3 AM. This week is a time of survival. If you have help, be sure to use it and if you don’t have help, focus on letting as much as you can go while you focus on letting your body recover.
What you should expect physically:
Contractions. After giving birth, your uterus will continue to have contractions for a few days. These are most noticeable when your baby nurses. They are normal and help your uterus to shrink back down to normal size, a process that can take up to six weeks.
Breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, it can be hard to predict what the experience will be like for you. Every baby and woman are different, but if you are finding breastfeeding extremely painful, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a lactation consultant. You may also find yourself ravenous. Producing milk demands those extra calories. It is important to listen to your body and nourish it with good foods while your supply gets established.
Activity. You may be feeling pretty good, but remember not to overdo it. Your body just went through some major changes. A leisurely walk – not too far – or a nice shower, plenty of water, and healthy foods will help you on the road to recovery. Keep an eye on your bleeding for clues if you’re overdoing it. If you notice an increase in your flow, it’s time to sit down and put your feet up.
Postpartum Depression? Shifts in emotions are normal, and over 80 percent of women experience baby blues within the first two weeks after birth. Your hormones are adjusting and it’s OK to feel a little “off” right after having a baby. Make a habit now of checking in with yourself and communicating with your partner, family, or friends about how you are feeling so they can help you be aware of any changes that may signal the start of postpartum depression after three weeks.