Women complain about pregnancy all the time. No one really needs to complain about labor to make you afraid to push a baby out, but they do, so you get prepped for that as well. The one thing no one ever seems to talk about is how hard the postpartum period can be. Why is that? I think that maybe everyone feels like the after part is supposed to be the happy joyous time when the trial is over and no one wants to be the one who doesn’t fall into that blissful camp. The fact is, the postpartum period is a happy joyous time. Finally, that sweet baby that you worked so hard to get to the earth is in your arms, and there has never been any sweeter feeling. The thing is, just because you have just experienced something miraculous doesn’t mean everything is perfect. The days and weeks and even months after baby comes can be seriously hard. My first baby was 6 weeks premature. We had no warning, nothing prepared and no idea what it took to be parents. Then, he had colic and acid reflux. We were zombies. No one slept for like four months. I love him with my whole being, he is one of the three biggest blessings that ever happened to me, and he was worth every sleepless night, but those were some of the hardest months of my life. Going into my second baby I was worried about the postpartum period, so I did everything I possibly could to make the experience easier than the first go around…and it was! Though there are obviously some many things outside of your control as a parent, but there are a few things that you can do to make your postpartum experience infinitely easier.
You most likely will not leave the hospital in your pre pregnancy jeans. The baby websites describe it as a “doughy second trimester” body. Woo hoo! MANY people experience postpartum depression. If you do, there is nothing wrong with you. Talk to your Dr. and do what you need to do to get help if you need it. At the very least, make sure you have someone you can talk to. You will get through it.