So you think having a baby is all sunshine and rainbows?
Sadly, your postpartum recovery might be a little messier than you thought, too. Which of course is totally normal. It's a shock to some women to find out about it all, though.
Your postpartum doula is a great resource for all these surprises and you shouldn't have to navigate all these bloody uncertainties alone.
Plenty of "bloody" uncertainties lie on the road ahead.
After you have your baby you might find yourself bleeding a lot more than you thought you would. This bleeding could last days to weeks after you deliver your baby and the flow is a little more unpredictable than what you're used to. Whether you have a vaginal birth or cesarean birth, it's all the same.
Stocking up on some extra cozy-like granny panties and some less expensive bed linens for when that inevitable mess happens might be a good plan.
When you're armed with a good stain fighter for the laundry you'll be doing, you'll be a chemist before long and prepared to tackle any household stain from here on out. Baby isn't the only one who might have stains in their britches.
This road to recovery is a bumpy one.
Everyone knows the physical act of giving birth is uncomfortable and can be painful, but they fail to mention how you'll feel when your body is trying to recover.
Yep. You basically feel like you got hit by a truck.
This is where your doula swoops in like a gift from above and helps you stay comfortable and get the rest you need to feel like yourself again.
If you had a C-Section your incisions might just have you extra sensitive around your tummy and any sort of movement can be... eh, just sit still? Having a postpartum doula around will keep you propped up comfortably in bed as much as possible, making sure you get the care you need.
Breastfeeding is also not always as magical as you might have thought.
Some women might have a difficult time breastfeeding to start out and everyone's body is different. You might be afraid you aren't producing enough milk for your baby and pumping so you can actually see what's coming out can leave your already sore breasts in worse condition.
A postpartum doula is lactation support. She can help you with resources to help you breastfeed with more confidence and get your baby on a feeding schedule that works for you. Sometimes a little guidance can offer a lot of comfort.
Getting your body back to normal might take some work.
We want to support you during your postpartum recovery to keep you as comfortable as possible and give you all the information you need to know about what to expect when you return home.
We won't skip any of the details.
You'll have our support through the good, bad and the ugly.