Movement is an important part of healing from pregnancy and childbirth. Exercise keeps bowels moving, eases stiffness, helps mood, and even improves the quality of sleep (when you can get it!). How much and how new moms exercise is influenced by how active they were during pregnancy and the way baby was delivered. In general, […]
New Parent Milestones
The days and weeks after having a baby can often be a blur. For some people time may feel like it stands still. For others the repetition of feeding, changing, comforting a newborn can feel endless. And for some they feel that they blink their eyes and this special time is over. Regardless of how the journey feels, thinking about some key sign posts in the transition from brand new mom to a more settled family can be helpful.
First, there is a lot of information on this site! Here are some suggestions to help you start looking based on where you are in your journey.
If you’re later in to postpartum you may want to start with these sections = Bottom/Pelvic, Body Changes, New Identity as Mom, Staying Well, Bonding + Wearing, Building My Village, Mama Stories, My Community
This section is part of our website because moms wanted it. And this section is also hard to write because everyone goes through changes at their own pace and people’s experiences are so different. To get started, we are linking to different parts of our website that highlight some benchmarks. Moms have identified things like first time leaving the house with baby, first time being alone with baby (and other children), first time leaving without baby, postpartum check up(s), going back to work or school, having sex, and sleeping for a 4 hour stretch as stepping stones for them.
We have more work to do - please help us! Share with us your milestones! Why is this a milestone? When did it happen for you? What tips can you share? Thank you!
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While new parents quickly become experts at getting out the door, it can be tricky at first. Be prepared for last minute spit ups and diaper explosions! If you’re planning to meet people, make sure to remind them that babies and young children are unpredictable and to be patient if you are late. Having a […]
“The quality of your intimacy is strongly influenced by the quality of your recovery. The more you focus on healing, the better you can feel when being intimate, and the more you can enjoy it. That is what’s most important.” View this video of postpartum intimacy from Nurse Nikki. Read her blog about talking about […]
Traditionally, the postpartum visit takes place 6-8 weeks after the birth of a baby. Given all that happens to women’s bodies in the early weeks after giving birth, many women find that visit to be too little and too late. There are also many women who never receive a postpartum visit! The American College of […]
You may or may not feel ready to have sex again shortly after delivery. However, it is recommended that couples wait for the postpartum visit and exam with a health care provider before they have sex. Time for postpartum healing reduces the risk of infection. Of course being cleared to have sex and WANTING to […]