We live in a culture that minimizes how physically difficult it is to give birth. Our culture tends to glorify movies stars that get their postpartum bodies back before they leave the hospital. We can change that perception with good old-fashioned education. The six-week postpartum checkup sets the tone for the new mom’s recovery and what is said, done and recommended will change the course of a woman’s life forever. I believe that we can improve maternal outcomes, reduce pain and make a difference in postpartum recovery if we learn a little bit more about what the “new mother” is experiencing physically by asking the right questions — and not just tell them this is the normal recovery.
When one embarks on a healing journey there will be moments on the mountain tops and there will be moments in the valleys of deep despair. I know, I have been in both places during my own journey and what I have figured out is this; how you deal with these moments of ups and downs determines whether you find yourself healed or not.
Modern living presents us with an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to every aspect of our lives. Healthcare is no exception. With research studies and treatment guidelines being created on a daily basis, they can often leave us feeling confused about which option is best for us when we are faced with an ailment. It is of the utmost importance that we question and research our options when considering the practitioners and treatments that are most fitting for our needs and lifestyles.