Postpartum Health & Transitions

This fun article from USA today reports on some research findings that show the hormonal changes dad’s experience during pregnancy and postpartum.
Dads’ hormones change, too, during pregnancy – USA Today.com

And for a more academic look, this article explains why skin-to-skin care between fathers and infants is so important. This article does not address non-biological parents, but I suspect the same benefits would apply to all parents during skin to skin care with their baby.

This lengthy article provides a paragraph or two on many aspects of health and healing after the baby is born.  It includes topics such as nutrition, relief for hemorrhoids, and sexuality changes.  It has a basic level of information that both mothers and fathers should know before having a baby.
Postpartum Health and Healing

Postpartum Herbs, Oils, & More: This article describes some of the ways postpartum herbs are used in birth centers and by midwives to offer care to new mothers and speed healing after birth.

Breastfeeding Pain Remedies: If you are experiencing breastfeeding pain, early intervention can help a great deal. Learn some remedies and tips for avoiding and dealing with this pain.

Helpful websites for the postpartum family:

  • kellymom.com:  This is a great site for practical, thorough and evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleeping and parenting.  I find her resources to be to-the-point and supportive of the real needs of parents and babies.
  • WorkAndPump.com:  A great site for questions related to returning to work as a breastfeeding mom — including the question of whether to try pumping and working or not.  The site includes sample schedules of what a day would look like while pumping and working, lots of practical information like storage times and temperatures, and resources for the personal questions you may have about the work and impacts of pumping on your career.
  • Dad’s Adventure:  Practical tips on how to play with your baby, how to become a team as parents, and what changes you may navigate as a couple.  Great information on dad’s role and impact.
  • Family Included: A great blog tracking co-parenting research.
  • Work and Family Research Network: Academic collection of information related to working and parenting.

A Time magazine article looking at collaborative parenting and the impacts of gatekeeping, socialization, and gender identity.
When Moms are Gatekeepers

This link provides instructions for some gentle exercises that you can begin just after birth.  Doing so will bring tone to your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles even as they are slack from the stretch of pregnancy and birth.  This prevents atrophy, cell death that leads to muscle weakness and a slower recovery.  Doing gentle exercises and stretching daily will make your return to pre-pregnancy strength and posture faster once your body is ready, and will also enhance positive emotions, deep sleep, and mental wellbeing during the first few weeks after your baby is born.  Save more vigorous exercise for after your bleeding stops and your energy returns fully.
How to Exercise After Giving Birth

A long-winded and candid blog about how and why to take it easy after birth.
A Time to Heal

Placenta’s contain many nutrients and hormones, and there is a rich history of their use in medicine in diverse cultures.  Testimonials of the benefits abound from women who have given it a try, particularly related to  reducing postpartum blues/depression and in increased milk supply. There are several local services who provide placenta encapsulation services.  On a note of caution, the CDC released a case report in June 2017 advising against the practice because of the possibility of transmitting infectious organisms.  In this case a baby became seriously infected with GBS,  which was found in the placenta pills which the mother had been taking.

This links to an article from an extremely practical web site for new parents.  The site is targeted to new dad’s, but the advice is equally relevant to moms and dads if you can take their stereotypes with a grain of salt.  It provides some of the most realistic, practical, proactive and positive tips I’ve come across, and does a great job of providing a picture of what to expect after your baby is born.  This particular article gives you seven goals for new dads in the first three months.  The site is easily perused for other helpful advice by clicking the articles tab.
7 Goals for your First 3 Months as a Father – dadsadventure.com

This PDF is a two page summary of the results of a national survey of 1,573 women regarding their experience in the 18 months following birth.  It provides a snap shot of the many challenges facing postpartum women in the US, which is helpful in preparing for your own postpartum.  Knowing what challenges you could face gives you greater insight into how to prevent them.
New Mothers Speak Out – childbirthconnection.org

 

Wheel of Needs

Postpartum Worksheet

A Financial Planner’s Notes for Expecting Parents

 

For Healthy, Happy, Families