Postpartum Recovery

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

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Friday


Have any of you mamas experienced PPD? Or any form of it? I was recently diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and depression and my doctors are planning on doing more tests for postpartum OCD as well. I’m not sure what to do or how to feel. I know it doesn’t make me a bad mother but i can’t help but feel lost and ashamed. Every little thing gets to me, a small mess on the counter, shoes not in the... More

  • Anonymous

    It is great that you were able to recognize PPD within yourself and seek help. That is the first step in getting better. In my opinion though, I don’t think you will ever truly get back to your old self because that is before you had children. Everything is different now. The most important thing in my eyes is how you react to these certain stimuli that can agitate you and provoke your anxiety ... More

  • Kate

    Yes, yes. I’m now about 3.5 months postpartum with my second and having been dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety (had it with my first, too). I can definitely relate to you. I’ve felt stressed over small things, have frequently lost my shit, baby’s crying would be unbearable, woke up with shame most mornings, and just did NOT feel like myself. I practically wanted to walk around wi... More

Side sleeper after cesarian

Looking for recommendations on the best bed side bassinet that has drop down sides or is a co sleeper. Not wanting it in our bed but rather right beside our bed that would make it easy to access the baby for feedings without having to move or sit up anymore than necessary to lift the baby over the edge as you would from a traditional bassinet

  • B
    May 13

    I liked the arms reach cosleeper bassinet

  • K
    May 13

    I had the Arms Reach for my twin girls, it was great. But, going to be honest, the first few days are pretty rough no matter what. Best thing you could do is wear a belly belt. Make sure you ask the hospital, they may give you one that works well for the first week or so. I also had a belly bandit, it really helped me feel put back together.

Hello... anyone else get palpitations after delivery .... i have 5 months baby girl...

  • Sara

    I would definitely talk to your doctor -- either your primary care physician or your ob gyn. Something could be up with your thyroid (thyroid disorders can cause heart palpitations) and it is relatively common for women to have thyroid issues during or after pregnancy. It's easy to test for thyroid problems (just a blood test) and usually easy to correct with medication so you definitely wa... More

  • Elle
    2h ago

    Go to a primary (GP) or a cardiologist.

Postpartum thyroiditis

I was recently diagnosed with a postpartum thyroiditis. The dr said in most cases it’s treatable and should go away in 2-4month but I’m still worried. Anyone else was diagnosed with it? What was your experience?

Has anyone had postpartum knee pain?

Has anyone else experienced postpartum knee pain or notice it gradually with baby wearing? My 5 week old is about 12 pounds and I wear him kangaroo style in a Moby wrap about 4-6 hours of the day. I also have been strength training for the past two weeks, with appropriate rest days, and cardio via incline walking and elliptical use everyday. (No running). Any thoughts before I make a trip to ... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    Too much too fast? Changes in weight? Even bad shoes, or posture from hunching to carry extra weight. The incline training would do it. Extra hormones will mess with your body in soon many mysterious ways too. Mine was carpal tunnel, numbness in my hands, and hair loss for both. By 6 months pp the symptoms were pretty much gone. If they hurt, take a break! Work on the arms, or a nap, ha ha.

  • Janis
    Apr 30

    Well the one thing my husband said could do it is the leg press if I was straightening my legs all the way, and I think I was. More interestingly, all my late night feedings/research time also introduced to me the idea that it could also be the way I am sitting while breastfeeding. I tend to sit on the couch and keep one of my legs tucked underneath me for a long time. I usually switch them f... More


My baby is nine months old and I’m starting to feel depressed I think I don’t want to do go out and do anything I don’t have an any interest in anything besides taking care of my kid and I was just wondering if postpartum depression could happen this late in the game

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    I’m not a doctor but I would say that post partum depression could happen anytime after giving birth. All of our bodies are different and react differently whether it’s physically emotionally, hormonally, etc. For myself, I’ve dealt with depression for most of my life with its ups and downs. Being pregnant I was worried about how I would be affected post partum but it actually has made me do so... More

  • Lacie
    May 11

    Thank you

Anonymous posted in Babies Apr 18

Inconsolable newborn: advice/support?

I had my first baby via c-section yesterday, and despite everyone saying babies tend to be sleepy in the first 24 hours she cries nonstop and my husband and I are going insane. The nurses and pediatrician tell us she is completely healthy and this is normal but I just can’t believe this will be our new normal. We try swaddling, shushing (all the 5 S’s really!), I feed her constantly, but she ju... More

  • Aditza
    Apr 22

    My guess is that your baby is hungry or uncomfortable. Some babies are lactose intolerant, you may want to look into that.

  • Lily
    Apr 23

    Put her on your chest skin to skin......that is the only way mine would sleep and stop being up set! Good luck!

Any women who had a C section have sex before the 6weeks?

  • Michaela
    Apr 14

    I wish I had felt that way! I would be careful or gentle because it can get infected, or even try “other ways” lol. You could always call your nurse line.

  • Karen
    Apr 14

    I did after almost 4 weeks and didn't have any problems at all. We were just very careful.

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Apr 07

Post partum periods

My son is almost 8 months old and I haven’t had any noticeable period or cycle. Occasionally I’ll have some spotting but nothing that ever warrants a pad. Is this normal? Should I contact my OB? And i might have just started one today but won’t know for sure until tomorrow if it continues.

  • Jenn
    Apr 08

    Are you breastfeeding? If so, it is not uncommon to not have periods or have sporadic periods during that time.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 08

    Yes I am breastfeeding! That makes me feel better. I was just curious on how normal it is.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 01

Probably TMI... postpartum question

Okay so this is probably TMI but I really don’t know what else to do and I’m too embarrassed to call my OB yet. I am 13 months postpartum so I’m obviously cleared for sex, tampons, etc., but I haven’t done any of those things yet (I’m a single mom). I had a vaginal delivery and a 2nd degree tear in both directions and was stitched up. At my six week check up my OB said I was good to resume norm... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 02

    Thank you everyone! I started bleeding today (not my period) so I did put in a call to my OB and have an appointment for tomorrow. I am still breastfeeding; I had no idea that it could effect healing so I will be sure to mention that! Thanks again!

  • DinaCooney
    Apr 19

    A lot of people don’t know that you can see a physical therapist for pelvic floor issues like vaginal pain, painful intercourse, painful sitting, etc. maybe you should talk to your doctor about that - depending on where you live, your doctor may or may not be aware of it either. I am a pelvic floor PT and these are issues that I treat daily. You may be able to find a pelvic floor PT near you b... More

Anonymous posted in Family Life Mar 22

Family Drama

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and dealing with some drama tonight that I'm trying not to get stressed about. Does have any advice? So, back in the beginning of my pregnancy, my mom made a comment about wanting to stay with us for a week when the baby is born to help out. This is her first grandchild and she is extremely excited. She lives 12+ hours away. Initially I thought "yeah, ok, mak... More

  • Mary
    Mar 27

    It’s pretty clear your mom feels rejected by your statements about her staying over and is responding accordingly. When your babe is born, you’ll probably want all the help you can get (depending on how stressful she is as a guest.) The ideas about her coming the week after are good, but you know better about the boundaries you need to set. Either way, talk to her again calmly and lovingly and ... More

  • Lily
    Mar 27

    My mother in law came to stay when we had our first baby, it was okay until she started acting like a child and just up and left. My parents wanted nothing to do with anything with the baby. If your mom wants to act like a child and over react by acting like you said she isn't allowed to stay at your house ever, then I would just say you are about to have a baby and you can't have you... More

Anonymous posted in Fitness Mar 19

Postpartum exercise videos online?

Any know of good ones? I have diastasis recti and can’t motivate myself to go to physical therapy, so want to do some videos at home. Ideal if they’re quick! Busy mama of two :p

  • Aida
    Mar 20

    Check out She has a great program to address this and get you started back to exercising.

  • Jessie
    Mar 20

    I’d suggest speaking with a professional first; however, I’ve enjoyed They’re online and there’s one called, “Pre & Post Natal Fitness” Good luck!

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Mar 13

What to bring to someone in hospital on bed rest/for a preemie baby?

A good friend has been hospitalized with severe pregnancy complications far ahead of her due date and will be there for weeks. She’ll likely be induced soon as well. I’ll be visiting her this weekend, and wondering (especially if anyone has been there) what I should bring for her to make her stay more comfortable (maybe comfy PJs/food?), and also for the baby (maybe preemie sized clothes)? An... More

Lack of support/ Unwelcome criticism

A few days ago I decided I didn’t want to continue breastfeeding my son anymore...he’s 2 months old and I just feel like trying to keep up with feeding him has drained me physically and emotionally...I honestly probably would have stopped sooner if I didn’t feel such pressure to do it. Ultimately the decision came down to me dealing with PPD and realizing I need to start taking some kind of med... More

  • Christine
    Mar 15

    I’m so sorry you have to deal with this I only could last three months with both of mine. I was so done! There is a you in this picture not just baby. Baby is safe,full,and loved then that’s all that matters. (personal experience) I also with my second I have PPD and needed meditation. Which helped so much. Just stay connected with other people and please don’t feel guilty with not breastfeedi... More

  • Gina
    Mar 20

    My son is 7 months I really want to stop but I’m feeling like maybe I will be depriving him. But I’m so tired I’m a single mom of two.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Feb 25

Advice & tips on postpartum depression

My LO is 7 months & I still struggle with postpartum depression. I would really appreciate any positive feedback and tips on this topic. I do have a doctor who I see for this. However, at times I just need more advice and tips. Thank you

  • Anonymous
    Mar 21

    Gina, my 6 year old motivates me too. I know that deep inside somewhere there is a happy spot and I’m looking for myself again, & something I’ve learned through out this PPD is that we’re not alone. Sometimes I feel like I am but I remind myself that I’m not. I really hope you get through this. I like to think we’re amazing as women who give birth. We put our bodies and emotions through so ... More

  • Gina
    Mar 21

    Thank you so much.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Feb 21

Multi-day headache postpartum?

I just had my LO three weeks ago, and for the last 3 days I’ve had some pain and sensitivity on my left ear and left side of the head. I read headaches are common postpartum, but I don’t know if this is normal. I’d hate to deal with arranging a doc appt and taking my baby to the doc where other people may be sick to only be told it’s just a common postpartum issue and to take Tylenol. Any one e... More

  • Sarah
    Feb 21

    It might be due to the after effects of your epidural (if you had one). I’d call the nurse line and ask. You never know! I had shallow breathing right after and wasn’t sure if that was serious but called just in case and I ended up needing a blood transfusion that saved my life.

  • Rachel
    Feb 23

    Try acupuncture! I had the same thing happen. Sorry mama :(

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Feb 17

Best cream for stretch marks, cellulite, skin discoloration?

Post pregnancy

  • Kee
    Feb 18

    Aloe Vera and coconut oil mixed together apply everyday day and night

  • Elle
    Feb 18

    Also, drink appx a gallon of water/day to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Feb 14

Postpartum period help!

I’m 8 months postpartum and got my period back at 5 months and they have been regular ever since. This month I am now 7 days late and have taken pregnancy tests and all negative. Has anyone experienced just a missed period. I am still exclusively breastfeeding my daughter

  • Lily
    Feb 14

    Mine came back about a month after I had my baby. I never missed a period, until I got pregnant at about 7 months postpartum. I never missed a period before being pregnant as well. If you are for sure 7 days late, you are probably not pregnant. You might just be really stressed or something like that. Also, I have been pregnant 2 times all while breastfeeding, so you can get pregnant while brea... More

Nearing my due date; what goes on after baby is delivered?

Im 4 weeks away from my due date and just a little curious on what will go on after little one is delivered. will there be a million tests done on baby? I know they will do the heel test, hearing test and carseat test before releasing us but are there more im missing? Will i have to worry about blood/ urine testing while in labor? No one seems to post about what goes on after baby is delivered ... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 09

    So my daughter had her first bowl movement before she entered the world. So after she was born they had to cut the umbilical cord right away and clear her mouth and nose. Since they took her away already they weighed her, got her height and cleaned the rest of her up as well. Then they gave her to me, and told me to start breastfeeding if that’s what I wanted. So I did. And she was born at 9:44... More

  • Raji
    Feb 09

    For my daughter’s birth it was just husband and I... had no family near by. She came out crying and was cleaned up a bit and was put on my chest. We did delayed cord clamping; husband cut it. Then she was cleaned up( we opted for no bath for her as the white stuff on her skin is good for it) and she was measured and given her eye drop and couple of other exams. Then I tried to breastfeed her bu... More

Hi ladies does anyone know or experienced kidney pain after vaginal birth?

What’s the cause? Did it go away fast? Thank you.

  • Jess
    Feb 01

    Definitely if I don’t drink a ton of water, I immediately feel kidney pain. I am also breastfeeding.

  • Elle
    Feb 03

    Dehydration. How much water are you drinking/day?

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