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 Oct 02

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

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I thought I was just in a "funk" and tried from full time job. I finally went to my PCP and he diagnosed me with PPD when my daughter was 8 months old. I just kept thinking it would pass, and it didn't. I also have anxiety, even before a kid! So it really took a toll. I was put on Zoloft (helped so much!, only 25mg, and I'm now off of it. My daughter just turned 2. It h... More

  • Marie
    Thursday

    Postpartum is anytime after having a child. Even if its years after, your body is still trying to recover from having a baby, physically and hormonally just to name a few. There is absolutely no shame in speaking up and standing up for yourself, your peace of mind and your mental health. I would definitely talk to your pcp dr or obgyn just so that someone in the medical field is aware of how yo... More

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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

    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

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

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Aug 13

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

    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

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jul 22

Were you prescribed oxycodone?

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

  • Sherrie
    Sep 26

    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

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

    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.

  • omosama
    Sep 10

    I had pain too at my c/s scar .. even when I waxing dowen there I felt very painfull at the scar ..and when I get pregnant again it was very painfull time

Could I be pregnant??

I'm 6.5 months postpartum and I have no sign of a period still. I breastfeed as well. I took a few pregnancy tests, all digital and they said no. But I'm experiencing severe nausea like I did at the start of my previous. With my daughter it took me being over 3 months along to get a positive on a home test, and I'm wondering if it might be the same here? Is It possible I'm preg... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jul 04

    I got pregnant around 6 month pp exclusively breastfeeding, and then 8 months pp. I went like 3 yrs without a period. Definitely get a test from a dr.

  • omosama
    Sep 10

    ok it could be ... or may be that is high prolactin levels which is very normal at breastfeeding

Anonymous posted in For Moms Jun 26

Hot flashes/chills at night

I didn’t experience hot flashes/chills after my first pregnancy, but I am with my 2nd. He’s 3 weeks old, and I have them at night while in bed. The nurses at the hospital said it’s my hormones changing. Have any of you experienced this? How long did it last?

  • Brooke
    Sep 21

    It's crazy I been getting my period or if that is what u even call it but I haven't gone more than 5 days in 8 months without bleeding its aweful..never again..I hate this and I swear to God after I get it taken out next week it better b gone forever

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery May 24

Body image issues after having my baby

I feel so embarrassed for even posting this (that’s why it’s anonymous) but do any of you mamas feel like fat ugly blobs after having their baby? I look in the mirror and practically cry at how I look. I lost all of my baby weight (and more) but I’m not as toned out and smooth looking as I used to be. Are there any easy work outs y’all recommend for toning out the fat? Any remedies to make stre... More

  • Maddie
    Jun 05

    Something that helped me was rethinking what clothes look good on my new body NOW (not hanging on to those tight low rise jeans and crop tops as “motivation” to one day fit back into them). This is hard, because we spend decades learning our own style and what flatters our figure. But investing the time and energy into figuring this out for my new body has helped a lot. Sometimes the size 8 loo... More

  • A
    Jun 20

    Wow I needed to come across this post actually started to comment and got upset and went to bed...I was always strong never skinny but comfortable in my skin and now it just sucks. It sucks getting ready for work, it sucks getting ready to go out on date night and to put a swim suit on is just miserable. I’m not over weight but I’m not ‘me’ and it’s horrible. I miss that person I miss being str... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health May 17

Postpartum.

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

  • omosama
    Sep 10

    after my first baby born I become very senstive and craying from everythings 😭.. I even felt that my husband isn't loving me anymore😣 and I lost the little self confidence that I had b4 .. but I just focus on my little baby 😍😍not to mention that I was in the middle of final medical exams that started since I was 7 months pregnant and ended with my son age 4 months😤😤 .. can you imaging the p... 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...

  • Rachel
    May 21

    Yes I do, I read it could be related to nursing , I don’t know if you are nursing but with me I think it may be related

  • Anonymous
    May 21

    With anything regarding the chest cavity/heart to include palpitations, I would take that seriously and consult a medical professional immediately.

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

  • Sara
    May 28

    Yes! Postpartum is so brutal on your body! I did a lot of damage to my knees and feet in the first months after having my son by not being careful about my posture and form throughout the day. Bouncing and carrying them around are very physical activities (especially while relaxin is still in your body), but I didn’t treat them as such. Be sure you’re wearing supportive shoes and watching your ... More

  • Elle
    Jul 07

    Try building up muscles in your quad. Will help stabilize the knee. My pbysical therapist also has a vendetta against the ellyptical for how many ppl come to him for knee pain after swearing by the ellyptical.

Depression

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

  • Cristy
    Jun 15

    I have a 5 week old and sleep is a nightmare for my baby. Luckily this is my second one and I know this absolutely horribly trying time does get better. I am going to put it out there, I really dislike the newborn stage. It’s draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. Just know you are not alone and it will get better.

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.

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