The first 6 weeks postpartum have passed. Now, you are supposed to be back to normal.
Many women indeed feel very good at 7 weeks postpartum.
While some may need longer time to recover and gather their strength.
- 8 Weeks Postpartum – An End & Two Months Completed
- 6 Weeks Postpartum – Getting back in shape
- 5 Weeks Postpartum – Feeling higher energy levels
Whether you are one of the lucky ones:
who finish every single task according to schedule, and still have time to paint their nails or read a book,
Or the chasers:
who are barely able to keep the baby (and maybe yourself) fed and clean…
No one is greater mother out of the two.
First time moms may experience more problems adjusting within their 7 weeks postpartum phase.
Those who have survived postpartum probably know some tricks that make them more efficient.
Many of you are back to work – which imposes additional pressure and requests.
However, your strength is coming back, and you’re creating your own set of tricks to manage all the chores.
Soon, you will be able to multitask even better than you were able before.
Now that your body is close to its normal size and shape, you will probably start noticing all those smaller, not so prominent changes that happened during the pregnancy and after the delivery. Most of these changes are temporary, so you don’t need to worry if you don’t like what you see in the mirror. Same as your postpartum weight, these will return back to normal.
Postpartum Hair Loss Issue
During pregnancy, you were losing less hair than usual.
Hormones were responsible for that effect.
Now, all those hormone levels are back down, your hair will be falling off again.
And rapidly, in order to compensate for previous period.
This is no reason for panic.
This will keep happening for approximately six months, and then your hair will be back to normal.
Until then, you might experience some other strange events with your hair.
New fluffy hair grows around the hairline.
Your straight hair becomes wavy or your curly hair is not that curvy anymore.
Maybe, your blonde hair has become darker.
All these changes are usually temporary, it is suggested that you should not frequently experiment with your hair.
We all know that hormones can have great influence on our skin.
They can cause a variety of skin events; either the skin may become more beautiful than ever, or it can break out and become red and inflamed.
Skin discoloration, known as the mask of pregnancy may appear.
The tan-colored area around your eyes starts to fade.
Your skin will probably change in comparison to the state during pregnancy.
If you suffered acne during pregnancy, they will probably fade away.
If your skin was clear and soft, it may become red, dry and a red rash may appear around your mouth and chin.
All of these changes should disappear within weeks.
Make sure to clean your skin every day and use quality products, in order to maintain the moisture.
Expected Pain Problems
If you’ve been experiencing back pain during the last few weeks, it should be gone now.
Back pain is generally a consequence of bad posture during pregnancy and stretched and weakened abdomen muscles.
Losing weight, exercising and taking care of your posture should help these pains improve.
If back pain didn’t fade away by now, you might want to visit a chiropractor.
Also, your doctor may prescribe some mild painkillers, but this is not a permanent solution, and should generally be avoided.
Similarly to back pain, joint pain should also be gone by now.
Since your body is more prone to strains, visit the doctor if your joint pain increases.
Even if just one of the limbs is affected. You might be hurt, and not even realize it.
The majority of the worse postpartum period is behind you.
Some studies and reports, however, have predicted that postpartum mood disorders can develop or have another peak at 7th week postpartum.
Mothers who are not breastfeeding are at larger risk from developing postpartum depression, even at this time.
After seven weeks, you’ve returned to your real life.
All the normalities you had before the pregnancy are slowly coming back.
Try as much as you can to maintain a positive attitude, and everything will come in place.
Sexuality and partner relationship
Sexuality becomes a complicated topic after the childbirth.
You are exhausted, plus you’ve undergone numerous painful events during delivery, so sex can be painful too.
If it isn’t painful, chances are that it isn’t very pleasant either.
Some women experience the feeling of being “touched out”.
They receive an overwhelming amount of physical contact from babies that they start avoiding their partners.
Sexual intimacy is an important part of every relationship.
After the delivery, it can fade away, and this can become a great problem.
Your partner might feel left out and rejected, and you might accuse him of lacking understanding.
The important thing is to communicate. While your partner will not be thrilled about waiting for sex, he will be much more willing to accept the delay if you are emotionally intimate.
The feelings of rejection will disappear if you at least show small ways of physical intimacy like hand holding, cuddling, etc.
After the first six weeks, you are ready to start a weight loss process.
Consult your doctor about the amount of calories you need to take each day.
You can probably cut out 500 calories from your current diet.
If you are breastfeeding, you might want to wait another week before you start any serious diet program.
Avoid ‘crash and burn diets’ – these diets limit many types of food which you should be consuming.
Instead, eat healthy, and be persistent. The results will be visible soon and will be permanent.
Here are some of the tips that can help you achieve your ideal body weight:
- Don’t skip meals – add meals: Eat 5-6 small meals a day, and incorporate healthy snacks in your menu.
- Don’t skip breakfast: Even if you don’t want to. It will keep your energy level up, and you won’t be so hungry later.
- Eat slowly: You’ll eat less, and it will be good for your digestion as well.
- Cutting fats: Low-fat milk and dairy products have fewer calories, and taste as good as whole milk.
- Fruits and vegetables make the best snacks: They are healthy, and they taste great, plus there is so much of them you will never get bored.
- Drink lots of water: Tea or fresh squeezed juices can be a good alternative, although you shouldn’t take too much of them.
- Boiled or baked food is better than fried: With the right combination of spices, they taste equally good.
- Treat yourself sometimes: You deserve your well-earned cheat days.
At this point, you are probably well enough to do a full workout.
You can exercise your abdomen muscles more intensively. It will help relieve your back pain.
If you lack energy, or you have fear of injuries, you might want to get enrolled to yoga or pilates classes.
Swimming is also an excellent exercise – consult your physician about it first.
Public swimming pools can transfer numerous infections to your body.
You’ve reached the point in your postpartum recovery when you are almost back to normal.
You can spend more time doing things that require strength and energy, and your life becomes more fun.
Don’t forget to take care about yourself – delivery wounds might have healed.
You are still tired, and you will probably be tired for quite some time.
There is no magic solution for lack of sleep (although good planning can help a lot).
At least do all you can to keep yourself healthy, satisfied and mentally sane.
You owe to yourself the best of everything.
Shout out to mothers currently with their 7 weeks postpartum journey: