Postpartum Recovery

Discussions about health & wellness for women who have recently given birth, either by c-section or vaginal delivery.

Postpartum in a pandemic

I just had my third baby a week and a half ago and I'm having a very different postpartum experience than I had with my other 2 kids. So far, all our pediatrician visits have been online except the first one and I'm really reluctant to take him to the doctors except in an emergency. I'm also not able to have any outside help which is adding to my exhaustion. On the bright side, I pr... More

  • Athena
    Thursday

    Hi Sara! My third son is 2 weeks old today. It’s been super difficult. He’s having some weight gain issues and a visiting nurse has been coming every few days to check his weight and jaundice levels. All our postpartum help-my parents, my husbands parents, our nanny, a postpartum doula - evaporated. I had to get lactation help via a FaceTime call. I thought this would be our last child. But it’... More

  • Ashley
    Thursday

    I had my first child Feb 4, just before things got crazy. When people ask me how quarantine is going, I say it feels no different than maternity leave on a tight budget! 😉. I had only one pediatric appt via the web which was not the worst thing, but I feel fortunate we haven’t needed much from the doctors (knock on wood). We did modify our vaccine schedule to push it off until after the peak ... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Mar 08

Post Partum Anxiety??

Has any one actually dealt with this? I have my baby four months ago. I feel anxious every single day, it’s honestly terrible. The smallest things will keep me up at night. I feel nervous and scared. Who should I speak to? My regular doctor or my OB?

  • Pamela
    Mar 12

    I had my 1st baby when i was 30. My baby was colicky. I had a c- section and i felt like a chopped piece of meat. I was miserable. I went to my doctor and she introduced me to a group for women with postpartum. It was wonderful to know i wasn't alone. Hating your own baby sometimes happens...it's how you handle those emotions. Keep talking. Keep reaching out. You're not a bad mom, ... More

  • Lisa
    Mar 25

    I totally struggled with this! I kept telling my OBGYN something was off and she kept telling me it was hormones. Granted this was my 3 pregnancy but it was so different. I had to hunt for answers and when I finally did I felt so much better. I wrote about it here because I suffered for 18 months before I finally felt better. My husband thought I was becoming unhappy with being home. Be... More

Anonymous posted in Family Life Mar 07

Spouse depression, issue feeling empathy

Our pediatrician called last night. My wife’s been taking questionnaires with every visit of our 6 month old for post-pardon depression. A few months ago it was a 6, then a 8, and now it’s a 12. The doctor suggested my wife start seeing a therapist. I think therapy is a good idea, especially when staying home with two little ones 24/7. I knew she was feeling down, but didn’t know the severity ... More

B posted in For Moms Feb 25

Help! Vbac or csection?

Looking for some experiences with a vbac. For context, I had a scheduled csection with my first, and a fairly easy recovery. I was up and walking in a week or less. Trying to decide now if I want to try for a vbac or just schedule another csection. Or if I go into labor early ask for one at the hospital. I wish I had a magic ball comparing the two experiences, and which has a faster recovery ... More

  • Anonymous
    Mar 10

    Hi. I had a vbac last year. Water birth midwife led experience. It happened 18 months after my csection . A vbac group on Facebook gave me more information and a natural birth group as well they helped me get ready for my birthing experience.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jan 24

Postpartum depression

Are you susceptible to PPD if you’re already diagnosed with depression? I’m concerned about how I’m going to react after my first. Also would love to hear what has helped you through it! Thank you!

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Jan 20

Hair Loss

Any tips to treat or lessen postpartum hair loss ? I'm 3 months postpartum and everytime I wash my hair or brush I get a handful :/

  • Jennie
    Jan 21

    I've been taking collagen in my coffee every morning... it seems like it's helping. It's definitely helping my nails and dry cuticles though.

  • Destin
    Jan 21

    I had the same problem and I took keratin pills to help with regrowth. I don’t know that you will be able to stop it since it’s just part of whacked out hormones...but once your body evens out it will start to grow in normally again. For me, it was prob about 5 or 6 months. The pills did seem to help some though.

Body hurts

2 weeks postpartum muscles soreness and weakness still hitting me hard .. is this normal and when does it go away .?

  • Sara
    Jan 22

    Totally normal! It took 9 months to make the baby so a full recovery isn't going to happen in 2 weeks. With my second daughter I badly injured my tailbone giving birth and it took over a year for it to heal and be able to sit in a chair like a normal person. I'm not saying this to scare you but just to give you confidence that you will eventually heal it just takes time!

Breast Engorgement! Help!!!

Day 3 after birth. We were discharged last night from the hospital. My breasts are so engorged as I have chosen to not breastfeed I am reaching out for HELPFUL suggestions to relieve pain other than ice/heat compresses and pain medicine as I have already been doing those.

No sex drive for over a year? Is This Normal or Happening To Anyone Else?

My beautiful daughter turned a year old in September and yet I have yet to get really intimate with my partner and it's been a whole year.A few times we had been intimate I felt great but later on I was disgusted by the thought of what I had done.I am very much attracted to my partner but I am disgusted 85% of the time when he try's to make sexual advances or even at the thought of doin... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01, 2019

    I went through something similar. It turned out, there were some underlying issues with our relationship that took me several months to figure out. But once we both acknowledged the issues, and tried to change, I felt more willing to be intimate. Maybe see if there is anything that could be bugging you underneath the sex?

  • meghan
    Dec 03, 2019

    Went through something similar and it ended up being the birth control I was on. Switched brands and had a much better reaction. Worth taking a look at if that’s your situation too.

Cervix pain after childbirth

I had my daughter over a year ago and since then nearly every time my husband and I have intercourse it hurts my cervix, it even hurts to use tampons. Anybody have this issue also or know what could be the cause of it?

  • Megan Fradley-Smith
    Nov 21, 2019

    Hi! Have you ever asked your doctor about prolapse? It sounds scary, but nearly all of us who’ve been pregnant/given birth vaginally have some degree of prolapse. See if you can get a pelvic exam and get a referral to a pelvic floor PT. I saw one after my third baby was born, and she was a lifesaver. Good luck!

Low libido

Anyone know of what gummies/vitamins to take for low libido? I’m not talking about once a month low libido. I’m talking about straight up no interest low libido. I haven’t had sex since approx the baby was 6-8months old, and now he’s turning 2 in January. My husband doesn’t pressure me into having sex cause he knows my “situation” but I think it’s time I do something about it otherwise the rel... More

  • Casey
    Oct 29, 2019

    Are you still nursing? That can be the cause of low libido

  • Anon
    Oct 29, 2019

    Nope I am not nursing. Stopped when the baby was 7 months or so...

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Oct 02, 2019

Honestly, I’ve been feeling like crap

Is it possible to have postpartum depression over a year later? I just got a new job that is physically demanding and I haven't been sleeping well and thought maybe that was it but now I'm crying all of the time and just feel like a piece of crap and a terrible mother and wife. Sometimes I regret having my child and just look at her in annoyance and then I regret thinking that. I don... More

  • Tina
    Nov 21, 2019

    I think it’s just comes with being a mom and you may just be in a funk. Whatever you are thinking just remember it happens to every mother and you are doing amazing. You grew and birthed a human. You are a bad ass. I agree with getting a house keeper. I have someone come twice a month for deep cleaning and she comes one day a week on top of that to do laundry and the other tedious stuff. It’s a... More

  • Megan
    Dec 20, 2019

    Hi! I felt the same way. I breastfed for the babies first 6 months and didn’t feel like myself and wanted my body back. I also resented my husband because I was working so hard making milk and working full time. It obviously wasn’t his fault he can’t produce milk. My daughter is 18 months and feel like I’m back to my normal self. I think it’s a phase. Good luck

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Two periods after weaning

Expected my third period since ending breastfeeding. I’m a few days late. At what point should I expect my periods to normalize? I had been very regular prior to having my son 6 months ago. I’m wondering if I should be expecting weirdness with my period, or if I should be buying a pregnancy test?

My wife isn't producing as much milk as she would like. Ideas for increasing production?

Background - My wife just gave birth a couple days ago. Our 4th child, she is 44, never had an issue with the others. Thanks

  • G
    Aug 19, 2019

    I had the same thing and was told it was normal in the beginning. My supply started to come in around 3 weeks but it was still low. I increased it dramatically by taking in more calories, pumping and breastfeeding, sleeping as much as possible and taking a lactation supplement. Many supplements on the market contain fenugreek which actually decreased my supply so I switched to fenugreek free su... More

  • Erica
    Sep 19, 2019

    I had similar issue, lots of water and BabaBella's organic lactation cookies helped a lot.

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Aug 13, 2019

Anybody have a home birth?

I am considering a home/water birth this time around as I'm pregnant with my second. Would love to hear other people's experiences.

  • Gretta
    Aug 15, 2019

    I did and it was amazing! Although I can't compare it to a hospital birth, as both my births were at home. But home birth midwives are great at letting you control just about every aspect of your birth, and it's a very low-stress way to do it. For our second, he was born at night and our 2 year old slept the whole time so we didn't even need a babysitter

  • Jennie
    Oct 29, 2019

    I've had 4 hospital births and 1 home birth. I'd absolutely choose home birth when it's in my power. My last 2 I had to transfer care at the least minute due to breech position and going past 42 weeks (both rule out home birth). But I totally love how comfortable home birth is, midwifery care (including postpartum) and the ease of not having to leave in labor.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jul 22, 2019

Were you prescribed oxycodone?

I was prescribed oxycodone after my C-section. How did it make you feel?

  • Sherrie
    Sep 26, 2019

    They gave me oxycodone after my C-section with ibuprofen, but the nurse told me try not to take it if I can manage the pain, but I had to take it at the end for the first few days. I didn’t experience any side effect.

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Jul 11, 2019

What are some things to know about postpartum

My friend is having a baby and I was wondering what are some things everyone wished they would have known about after giving birth? I have already shared with her my experience just kind of curious what others thought on the subject as well.

  • Caroline
    Aug 08, 2019

    Coming in late here, but echoing the thing about formula! A fed, healthy baby is the goal. Give yourself and your body time and take care of you so you can then care for your baby. Tell people what you want and need; we have amazing friends who organized a food train—incredible!—but they all brought insanely carby comfort foods that lacked protein and fiber. By the end of week 3, I thought I wa... More

C-section pain 3 years later

Lately my scar from my C-section has been hurting (like a pinching feeling) is this normal? My son will be 3 in October so it was a while ago. I noticed it is fading away. My husband Google it and said it was probably nerve damage healing.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 19

    My son is almost 5 and I occasionally have the same problem on my scar, more so with lower left pelvic pain too. I had ultrasounds and tests and they can't find anything but if my son climbs on me or any pressure there the pain is enough to make me scream out 🤐 I have no idea what to do, I can't imagine living with that forever... Luckily yours is fading away

  • Melisa
    Apr 02

    My baby boy is 3 going on 4 and am feeling pain inside my belly here the scar is

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