Postpartum Recovery

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

Nine months ago...

I had a beautiful baby boy. My periods returned in June (April delivery, formula baby) and have been regulat since August. They've been livable after the first one which makes sense to have been worse, I mean, hello, lol. But this one right now... Never have I ever had one this bad. The cramps and the flow (replaced one regular tampon that was soaked only to soak through another onr within ... More

  • Ashley
    Monday

    Catholic hospital 🙄

  • Amy
    Yesterday

    Ashley Ah that makes sense!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jan 11

Period double time?!

So I’ve been breastfeeding my little one since she was born and only just got my period 2 weeks ago. I finished last week but then it started AGAIN today. Anyone else go through this?? 😩

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Jan 11

    I am going through this. 6 weeks pp started taking Nora Be mini pill and continued with nursing and never got a period, insurance changed brands to Jolivette back in September and as soon as I started that brand I was having periods nearly every ten days. It was insane. Went on like that for three months until I just finally stopped taking it altogether. Still waiting to return to normal cycles... More

  • Crystal
    Jan 12

    oh yeah.. the first period when you've been breastfeeding is brutal! I had mine for like 4 weeks last time I stopped breastfeeding.

About to have 2 kids. Any advice?

I have a 15mo daughter and I’m currently 34weeks pregnant with another girl. Any advice on tackling two kids postpartum?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 08

    I’ve got three now, 17 months apart and 20 months apart. When feeding baby (since it happens a lot with a newborn) try to include the older one as much as possible. Sit on the floor and nurse/feed so you can play blocks (I balanced baby with one arm and a boppy) or read a book on the couch next the child. The goal is just to make sure the older child still gets the cuddle time with mom and dad... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 08

    Oh and like the first responder said give yourself time and do not scramble when baby is sleeping to always do chores. Rest yourself and play with the older child.

Can anyone help me with this?

My mom just lost her baby girl, 6 DAYS before she was going to give birth. My mom had a nuchal cord is when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the fetus's neck. Symptoms present in the baby shortly after birth from a prior nuchal cord may include duskiness of face, facial petechia, and bleeding in the whites of the eye. Complications can include meconium, respiratory distress, anemia... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    I have no advice but I want express my sincerest condolences for your loss. It is so thoughtful for you to be seeking advice from those who have similar experiences. Maybe you can help her find a group near you. I had a miscarriage early in pregnancy (definitely not trying to compare the experience) but it helped me a lot to speak with people who had similar experiences. Helping your mom find ... More

Almost 5 months PP and my hair has been falling out like crazyyyyy for the past 3 weeks. Any advice?

Im still taking my prenatal vitamins but is this normal? I mean my hair had thinned out like it never had before and I’m begging to worry when this is going to stop 😔.

  • Bea
    Dec 29

    It’s gonna happen usually for 3-4 months n stop out of nowhere really not much u can do

  • Lily
    Jan 01

    It happens....and you will get a bunch of short little hairs. mine are still really short, and my little one is 16 months

3m postpartum and my milk supply is drying up. What can i do to increase supply?

  • molly
    Dec 29

    I had that too. I tried mrs patel’s chocolate bars. really helped. also stay away from stress. drink 2-3 liters of water. drink tea made from fenugreek seeds (just add 1 tsp fenugreek seeds in a cup of hot water ). Couple a day. After all this I was able to Bf for over a year. good luck!

  • Heather
    Dec 31

    I took fenugreek. It worked great. I also made lactation cookies. My dr suggested dark beer but I didn’t want to try that although others did.

Postpartum support band

Any recommendations on postpartum support band? Is there something in the market that, in addition to help keeping everything “in place”, also helps adjust your posture after months of curving your lower back?

  • Karla
    Dec 22

    Thanks! That’s a very thorough review, I really appreciate it

  • Nicole
    Dec 23

    Your so welcome hope it helped you make a decision. These bands are amazing!

BV and Breastfeeding

This is my second baby and she is just about 5 months and we have been exclusively breastfeeding. I’ve had a bunch of issues postpartum but, now that it’s all resolved I have developed reoccurring BV. I stopped breastfeeding for 7 days to treat it and and so happy baby went right back to the breast but now I have it again and I refuse to take more meds and potentially lose our breastfeeding rel... More

  • Lisa
    Dec 21

    Healthline.com says Tea Tree oil (5-10 drops) diluted in a carrier oil like Olive oil or Coconut oil (1 oz), works well. They recommend testing on your arm for a couple of days to be sure you are not allergic. If not allergic, then soak a tampon in the mixture, and insert in vagina for an hour, then removing the tampon, repeat several times a day. The same site says it could be caused by wea... More

  • Kate
    Dec 21

    Thank you!!! I really appreciate you looking into it for me! 😊

Bekah posted in Clothes Dec 17

Best Postpartum wrap

I’m 25 weeks pregnant and want to do some research before I buy a PP wrap. I did buy a belly bandit that was a really good deal but I’m hearing they aren’t the best and I want to get a really good one.

  • Kelly
    Dec 18

    I have the mother tucker corset from belly bandit. I had my baby almost two weeks ago and am on the second to last notch. It’s comfortable to wear all day and works great

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Dec 17

The implant Birth control problems.....anyone else ?

After labor 8months ago. I'd chosen to put the Implant in my arm for birth control, iv done this before but had it removed within the first month, so i wasnt to find of it. Its said that periods arnt likely, just a little light spotting every now and then. But Iv been bleeding heavily at randoms times all throughout the month !? NORMAL???? Or is there something else going on, perhaps from ... More

  • Brenda
    Dec 17

    I have the implant in since I gave birth 9 months ago but I also had it fue a year n a half before I took it off n changed back to pills. The reason why I stopped is because the last 2 months I was spoting for 2 weeks then stopped for 1 week and resumed back to 2 whoa which made me miserable. Keep in mind that you haven't had a period in a long time so your body is acting up cuz it hasn&#... More

  • Jennifer
    Dec 20

    I had the mirena after having dd in 2015. I didn’t like it personally so I decided to try the nexplanon. After having a lot of hormonal issues, periods where out of wack the entire time and my sex drive wasn’t there anymore. Since hormonal birth control is only 30% affective with the medication I have to take for seizures I decided to completely pull all birth control, this was actually the fir... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Dec 12

Seeking advice...

I am a mommy of 2, 2 years and a nine month old. I have about 6hours of sleep a night, most times interrupted. I can’t put my babies to sleep or eat at a schedule because the older one need to have his dad around at night in order to sleep through the night. Dad has weird work schedule. What I am seeking for is to remind myself of who I am, it’s like I don’t know who I am anymore. I give 95% ... More

  • Emily Barlow
    Dec 12

    My biggest advice would be to set a schedule, it will be hard on your older one at first but in the long run it will help him and you! I need my alone time at night and some days I count down the minutes until bedtime so I can have a little time to myself to relax and breath before I go to bed. Being a mom is hard! Some days are good and some are really bad and everywhere in between so you need... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jan 04

    Having kids close together is a beast, especially when they are so young. You will find routine again, when they are older. I find many days all I can do is the basics. I did get myself a paper planner, and set mini goals for myself. That has given me a lot of self back. Example, Monday: do something social for the kids ( storytime, park), vacuum, clean litter box. Tuesday’s: do something educa... More

Becca posted in Fitness Dec 06

Does any one else have a lot of excess skin?

So I’m 7 months post and still have a lot of excess skin like to the point it looks like I could have just had her. I work out eat right and do ab tightening exercises but nothing works. My abs still feel separated and even though I’m losing fat the skin is refusing to go back to normal. Any one else have this issue and if so did you get a tummy tuck? I also have chronic back pain and have read... More

  • Cristina
    Dec 25

    Diastasis recti is when the abdominals separate during pregnancy and don’t go back together all the way. Traditional ab workouts only make it worse (like crunches). Google the term for proper workouts for it. My doctor said you can also go to physical therapy for it. It can also cause back pain. My back pain is also caused by holding my son. You don’t realize all the ways you hold them puts yo... More

  • Elle
    Dec 25

    This ☝

Anonymous posted in Labor & Delivery Dec 06

Epidural

Has anyone experienced back pain after getting an epidural? I've heard this is a possible side effect but not sure if it's true.

  • Jaime
    Dec 17

    My epidurals were meh-- Both wore off after about 4 hours, and there's a mild "achey-ness" in the spot where they had to do the epidural at. It hurts every now and then when I run or lay wrong on it. I wouldn't say I regretted getting it, but I don't think it helped me much, especially after it wore off. :(

  • Amanda
    Monday

    I had an epidural for all of mine. Couldn’t imagine giving birth without. Props to all the strong women who have given birth naturally! When people say giving birth is the most painful experience in the world I believe that’s true if you don’t get an epidural. I didn’t feel any pain. In my contractions yes, but as soon as my epidural kicks in my contractions were a lot less painful. Still pain... More

C-section scar still tender and weird feeling?

It’s been 8 months and my scar and tummy still feels numb yet tender? I don’t like touching my scar because it just feels uncomfortable. I don’t know how to explain it. Anyone experience this?

  • Devon
    Dec 06

    thank yall ladies! ok i guess i should’ve worded it differently, i wouldn’t say tender but i would say i can feel the area and not feel it at the same time. that’s why it’s uncomfortable lol. i see that i’m not alone though!

  • Ashley
    Dec 06

    My first c section was 7 years ago and before i got pregnant with my 8 month old, my scar is still numb 7 years later! Its just a normal thing. Every women's body is different and every pregnancy is different. It is completely normal to be tender and numb for a very long time. But if anything else is going on i would definitely see your doctor!

How do I take care of my babies when I can’t take care of myself?

I had an awful day and night. Had 3 breakdowns where I just hysterically cried. I have a two year old, a one year old, and am 9 months pregnant and I was with the kids all day while my husband worked. It was fine for the most part except my one year old gets into EVERYTHING that it’s just too much to baby proof. And it blows my mind I can’t get a single thing done such as washing dishes for 10m... More

  • Maggie
    Jan 10

    Hey sweetie. Retired army mom here. There are resources on base/post for you to access that are free. Start with your doctor. Two year olds can be very tough so you might consider a form N to see if he has some difficulties. They will check hearing vision and milestones to make sure he is on track. They can also help with parenting classes and help you learn how to redirect his energies and ... More

  • Ashley
    Sunday

    Sending hugs your way, from someone who understands how you feel and has made it through so far. <3 It's a continuous battle, and the suggestions to find support are going to be mentioned again here. Support in any form, as long as its positive, does a world of good.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Nov 26

Postpartum depression or anxiety...

Do any of the other mommies on here suffer from or did suffer from Postpartum depression or anxiety? My ppd was at its worst when my son was 6weeks old or so & has since gone almost completely away but sometimes I still feel it sneaking up when I’m away from my son for too long like at work or such things. Also, when he’s not with me I have major anxiety about if he’s okay, how he’s feelin... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28

    Thank you all so much! I really appreciate all the insight!

  • Heather
    Dec 12

    This happens to me still after 15 months since giving birth. The flashes of images in my head of terrible things happening has been horrifying. They have been less frequent as the months pass but it still happens and it’s very upsetting. I feel like this is PPA and the images are a manifestation of that. Unfortunately it has made me feel that I can’t be out of sight of my child and since she wa... More

Postpartum hormone problem?

So my son is just over 4 months now, but I’m still having a lot of postpartum issues. I’m having hot flashes constantly, my body temperature never stays the same for very long and my hair is falling out a lot. I get dizzy easily and my periods have gotten shorter and my menstrual cycles are way off and I’ve alway had regular cycles. I don’t sleep very well either even if my little one is sleepi... More

  • Aje
    Nov 27

    My hair fell out in huge clumps for months after I gave birth to my son (about 6 if I remember correctly) I also had night sweats for a while. From what I understand it usually takes a few months for your menstrual cycle to regulate post baby. My son is almost 15 months and I just got my period back in October. It’s s been 6 weeks and I still haven’t had the second one.

  • molly
    Jan 01

    normal. make sure u r taking enough iron and calcium, drinking enough water and sleeping as much as possible. hair loss is normal until a year after birth.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Nov 26

Has any one dealt with thyroid issues after pregnancy?

After my first pregnancy my weight basically stayed the same even after I quit breastfeeding. With my second one who is just about 1yr old, I stopped breastfeeding at 4 months and over the past couple months I’ve gained nearly 15 lbs even though my eating habits haven’t changed. I’ve tried adding in workout sessions a few times a week and I haven’t seen any changes. Wondering if maybe I should ... More

  • Sammariee
    Nov 26

    After my second child I gained 30lbs and came to find out I had to get my right side of my thyroid removed. Better to check on it then not

  • Sara
    Nov 27

    I did mine shut off after my son was born they do a fasting blood draw for a full thyroid panel

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Nov 25

Postpartum? What’s it like?

I feel like even after a year I may still have the baby blues... I am holding my feelings back and not really talking to anyone about how I feel. If I get close to talking about it, I get an “I’m sorry” from my husband. He doesn’t seem to understand. I don’t want to do anything sometimes except just be lazy. When I think about cleaning it just make me feel blah, like why bother when it’s just g... More

  • Gina
    Nov 27

    I have suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my adult life. The postpartum version of it was extreme: I had very high highs and extremely low lows... there was rarely anything in between. On most days, I struggled to be motivated to do much beyond taking care of my baby (and even that was hard); on good days I cleaned the house and got outside. On bad days, though, there were time... More

Anonymous posted in Postpartum Recovery Nov 20

Heavy postpartum period!

Hello! I was wondering if anyone went through something similar or had any tips? After having my first child, I started having heavy periods. I have what was thought to be endometriosis ( which hasn’t returned yet) and a heavy period before a baby. However now they have just been getting heavier and heavier 😳 I’m talking soaking through overnight pads every 2 hours I am breastfeeding, and this... More

  • Elle
    Nov 20

    Suggest making an appt w your OB. No need to suffer over something that is probably easily improvable.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 20

    Lulu lol! Ya luckily it’s not painful for me again but it’s definitely hard those first few days. Elle, yes I should see a specialist, I asked my primary care doctor and she just said it’s normal and such so 🤷🏼‍♀️ Thank you for the responses

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