There’s not a whole lot of talk about taking care of yourself after having a baby. Everything seems to be centered on taking care of your new baby. But think about it. Your body just went through an extreme change – some would even consider it a trauma. If you had a C-section, you just had major surgery! Then, you’re expected to bounce back almost immediately, sleep less, and take care of a person who is completely reliant on you. Sounds exhausting to even someone who hasn’t just been through a trauma or a major surgery!
I’ve done a lot of my own research lately on conditions that can occur postnatally (after the birth of your baby). One that seems to stick out in my mind is postnatal anemia. According to LiveStrong.com, the beginning signs of anemia are decreased energy and reduced abilities to perform physical tasks. Now, with the sleep deprivation that comes after having a baby how are you supposed to tell the difference between anemia and just plain exhaustion? Our recommendation would be to talk to your healthcare provider. Discuss your symptoms and concerns and see what he or she recommends. But don’t wait. If there is a problem, the quicker the treatment the better.
Another interesting fact I found was that postnatal anemia puts you at greater risk of postpartum depression (according to LiveStrong.com). As you can see, it’s best to be proactive when concerned about anything postnatally.
Don’t be afraid to call your doctor.
Ask for help/support.
Rest when you can.
Remember, you don’t have to be supermom. The first few months are hard work!