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Your Guide on How to Survive the First 6 Weeks After Birth

The first 6 weeks after birth are maybe the most difficult time in woman's life. Let's help with that!
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Pregnancy is a time of preparation.

You are preparing to deliver your baby so you want to be ready for everything that awaits you. You are buying all the things you’ll need for your baby, clothes, pushchair and making their nursery room.

You are especially preparing for giving birth. There are so many childbirth preparation courses available that almost every pregnant woman is having one.

And then after the birth, after you got your sweet baby, you are left home with just a few simple instructions and your postpartum journey is starting.

A lot of women are overwhelmed with what comes next because no one prepared you for what is coming in the postpartum.

Maybe you had a class in breastfeeding so you’ll know the basics, but other things often come as a surprise.

Feelings during postpartum are intense and it’s hard to know how to deal with them. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize yourself.

You are no doubt, in pain. Your breasts are often sore and painful, your abdomen hurts from your uterus contracting and your whole body hurts from the birth. And you have a newborn to care for, to feed every few hours and carry around.

It is hard!! And it is okay to say it aloud. It is okay to for ask help. It is absolutely fine to plan postpartum so these days be made as easy as they can be.

During my fourth pregnancy, with some experience behind me, I decided to prepare myself for postpartum better than before, to make a postpartum plan and to tell everyone involved what is going to happen.

This was a very smart move as my postpartum period after the fourth baby ended up being the hardest period of my life.

But I recovered well and gained enough strength for taking care of my now family of 6.

Here is what helped me to heal and recover again.

Surround yourself only with the people you want to be near

This is maybe the most important part of your postpartum recovery.

Because postpartum is so sensitive part of your life, you don’t want wrong people around the house. You want people who will be your ultimate support and with whom you’ll feel comfortable.

Don’t feel obligated to let certain people be near you and your baby for the first few weeks just because you feel you owe them or they’re family members.

You owe yourself and your baby the best possible start, time that you will start carefree with people you want near and people that understand your needs and wishes.

Don’t feel bad to say to your mother or mother-in-law that you don’t want them there for the first few days. It is your right to choose who you want by your side.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It is important to be surrounded by supportive people but it’s also important to ask for help when you need it.

You will need help the first few weeks so don’t refuse it. Don’t try to be a superhero, you can’t and shouldn’t do anything more than resting and breastfeeding for the first few weeks so help with housework will be beneficial.

Try to plan this before birth, organise friends and family to bring you cooked food daily or to help you with housework.

If your husband can, plan for him to take paternity leave or just annual leave to be with you for the first months.

He will be helpful and he could take care of older kids and take care of housework and cooking while you are resting.

If neither of this is an option, consider paying for help. You will need time to rest and gain your strength and you don’t want to think about housework. Paying someone to help may be the best way to spend money at this time.

Skip the home visits

You need time to get well, to get to know your baby and to establish breastfeeding. Your family needs the time to get into a new routine with a new family member.

You don’t need visitors at this time.

Postpartum is not the time for visitors and for you to be the perfect housewife. It is not your job to make your guests comfortable and to make them cakes and coffee.

So ask your friends and relatives to wait after the first month has passed to visit you and the baby. Until then you will be much better and more capable to answer hundreds of questions from your visitors.

Rest, sleep and repeat

Resting after you have just given birth is something very important.

Today, it seems like women are competing who will be the first back up and running after giving birth, who will first get out for a walk with a baby, go to the grocery shop or back to work.

But instead, they should be competing who will get there latest.

Because after you have given birth you shouldn’t be back doing your normal routine after a week. This is why so many women are struggling with postnatal depression and anxiety, with breastfeeding and have problems with pelvic floor muscles and the weak core.

You need to heal!

The only way to heal after birth is to rest. Resting and breastfeeding your baby is the only thing that should be on your mind after birth.

Keep your baby close to you so you don’t have to get up as often and try to get some sleep whenever your baby is sleeping.

Just laying in bed next to your baby can be beneficial.

You just gave birth to a baby, a little human being. Your body went through a very hard job, your muscles are sore from birth, you lost plenty of blood, your hormones are a mess.

You have wound in your uterus where your placenta was attached, your body is producing milk in large amounts and you may be swollen or even had an episiotomy.

Be nice to yourself and to your body. Give it time to heal and recover.

Eat healthy and plenty

A healthy diet is very important in those early days of postpartum. You are probably feeling extremely hungry and that is absolutely normal.

After birth, you need to eat lots of healthy food because your body will need fuel and energy for producing milk and for recovery.

You can eat food you love but just be sure that you include mostly healthy food like veggies and fruit, meats and fish, eggs and healthy carbs.

Try to avoid too much junk foods.

Remember that you lost a lot of blood and need to recover so eat lots of iron boosting food like red meats, eggs, and leafy greens.

Include plenty of healthy fats like coconut oil, butter, and olive oil.

Don’t skip meals. Postpartum is not the time for dieting or watching how much you eat. It is the time to use food as fuel for your recovery.

USEFUL TO READ: Clean eating – all you need to know

Make sure you are well hydrated

In postpartum hydration is maybe more important than ever.

You are producing milk for your baby and also getting rid of fluids you stored during pregnancy through sweat and urination.

It is important that your body is fully hydrated.

Water is always the best option, but you can also drink unsweetened fruit juice, homemade soups, and teas.

Nettle tea, as well as raspberry leaf tea, are the best choices for postpartum.

Nettle will boost your iron levels and help you expel extra water from your body and raspberry leaf tea will boost your immunity and also help you strengthen your uterine and help in healing it.

Take at least one cup of per day.

USEFUL TO READ: How to stay hydrated?

Take supplements

End of pregnancy doesn’t mean you can stop taking supplements now. Quite the opposite, your body needs them even more.

Continue to take your prenatal vitamins to make sure you are all covered up for breastfeeding and that your body has everything needed.

Take probiotics for your gut health and for their positive effect on your immune system.

Take extra vitamin C to protect you and the baby from colds and viruses and to boost your iron absorption.

Take regular Epsom salt baths

One of the most rewarding and relaxing experiences during my postpartum was Epsom Salt baths. They are perfect for women after birth as they have so many benefits for our bodies.

Magnesium from Epsom salt will relax your sore muscles and body and help with overall soreness. It will also relax you and help you sleep better.

It will make you more relaxed and calm, and sitting in the bath for half an hour is like a spa after having a baby.

Epsom salt baths will also give a detoxification effect helping to get the toxins out of your body.

You will feel relaxed, with a clean body and clean mind.

You can start having baths after a few days of birth if you feel you are ready.

Get back to your routine very slowly

At the end, be sure to take it slowly during your first month. Don’t rush into anything and don’t do anything you don’t really need to.

Rest enough with your legs on the couch. Try to take a nap when your baby is sleeping and just listen to your body and don’t overdo it.

You can start going for light walks after the second week, but be sure that you are ready and walks are no longer than 10 minutes.

Don’t do any housework like vacuuming, mopping the floor or cleaning the bathroom for at least a month after birth.

Just go slow, give your body time to heal and recover.

Postpartum is not a race, it is not important how fast you’ll be yourself again, what matters is that you heal and recover properly.

That will provide you with so many benefits in the long run that will make it all very much worth it.

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Renata Sanko

Renata Sanko

Certified postnatal specialist and a personal trainer with years spent on education and research on how to help women heal their body after birth. I have dedicated myself to help other women regain and heal their body after having a baby...

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For example, we may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.

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Specific uses of information you provide to us

 

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Our website allows you to post information with a view to that information being read, copied, downloaded, or used by other people.

Examples include:

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In posting personal information, it is up to you to satisfy yourself about the privacy level of every person who might use it.

We do store it, and we reserve a right to use it in the future in any way we decide.

Once your information enters the public domain, we have no control over what any individual third party may do with it. We accept no responsibility for their actions at any time.

Provided your request is reasonable and there is no legal basis for us to retain it, then at our discretion we may agree to your request to delete personal information that you have posted. You can make a request by contacting us at [email protected]

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We attempt to moderate user generated content, but we are not always able to do so as soon as that content is published.

If you complain about any of the content on our website, we shall investigate your complaint.

If we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.

Free speech is a fundamental right, so we have to make a judgment as to whose right will be obstructed: yours, or that of the person who posted the content that offends you.

If we think your complaint is vexatious or without any basis, we shall not correspond with you about it.

7. Sending a message to our support team

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

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When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us.

We use that information to resolve your complaint.

If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.

We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.

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Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to assess the popularity of the webpages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website.

11. Our use of re-marketing

Re-marketing involves placing a cookie on your computer when you browse our website in order to be able to serve to you an advert for our products or services when you visit some other website.

We may use a third party to provide us with re-marketing services from time to time. If so, then if you have consented to our use of cookies, you may see advertisements for our products and services on other websites.

Disclosure and sharing of your information

 

12. Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use.

13. Third party advertising on our website

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

14. Data may be processed outside the European Union

Our websites are hosted in United States of America.

We may also use outsourced services in countries outside the European Union from time to time in other aspects of our business.

Accordingly, data obtained within Ireland or any other country could be processed outside the European Union.

For example, some of the software our website uses may have been developed in the United States of America or in another country.

We use the following safeguards with respect to data transferred outside the European Union:

  • We only work with industry-standard providers and services such as Google, Facebook, Drip, Vimeo, MemberPress, ThriveCart or similar.
  • We make sure that every service we use in this respect is GDPR compliant themselves, based on their self-declaration provided via their website.

Access to your own information

 

15. Access to your personal information

  • At any time, you may review or update personally identifiable information that we hold about you, by signing in to your account on our website.
  • To obtain a copy of any information that is not provided on our website you may send us a request at [email protected]
  • After receiving the request, we will tell you when we expect to provide you with the information, and whether we require any fee for providing it to you.

16. Removal of your information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you may contact us at [email protected]

This may limit the service we can provide to you.

17. Verification of your information

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

Other matters

 

18. Use of site by children

  • We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children, nor do we market to children.
  • If you are under 18, you may use our website only with consent from a parent or guardian

19. Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.

Whenever information is transferred between us, you can check that it is done so using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.

20. How you can complain

  • If you are not happy with our privacy policy or if have any complaint then you should tell us by email. Our address is [email protected]
  • If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration.
  • If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland. This can be done at https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/complaints/1592.htm

21. Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

  • to provide you with the services you have requested;
  • to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;
  • to support a claim or defence in court.

22. Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you.

However, ultimately it is your choice as to whether you wish to use our website.

23. Review of this Privacy Policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our website on the day you use our website. We advise you to print a copy for your records.

If you have any question regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.

This Privacy Policy was last updated in April 2020.

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