8 Weeks Postpartum

8 Weeks Postpartum – An End & Two Months Completed

 

8 Weeks Postpartum

 

Congratulations! Your baby is almost two months old.

Plus, you have completed the 8 weeks postpartum quest.

The baby will receive his / her first shot soon.

You have a feeling that your child is growing in front of your eyes.

You’ve survived the recovery period, and you and your family have developed a daily routine.

You are back on track, and you are possibly back to work as well.

 

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While previous description might sound bright and shiny, your days might not be like that.

You have learned alot and great adjustments are now behind you.

You might still be experiencing some of the pregnancy-related problems.

The important thing is that you should be feeling better by now at 8 weeks postpartum.

If you don’t feel better both physically and mentally, there might be a reason for concern.

It is better that you talk to a professional, visit your doctor and resolve any issues.

Even if it turns out that you were only paranoid.

 

Body health

During those first few weeks, you’ve been experiencing a variety of pains that were greatly unpleasant. And, those were normal at the time. But now, almost two months later, you should be feeling well.

Even if you’ve never been very fit and energetic, your body should be back to some level of normalcy.

However, many women experience pain, bleeding, incontinence and bulging of abdomen during exercise or movement way past first two months.

While there is a good chance that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with you, these events are not normal and you don’t have to feel bad at this point.

Visit your doctor, and be persistent – they are obliged to help you recuperate and regain full functionality.

Mostly, these pains and discomforts can be solved by right exercises.

It is important that you are examined and advised by a professional.

 

Women with cesarean section – 8 weeks post cesarean

If you’ve had a C-section, your recovery is more difficult.

It can last longer than mothers who’ve had a vaginal delivery.

The pain around your scar should be gone by now. It can be substituted by annoying itching.

Avoid scratching your scar as it could cause an infection, and you certainly want to avoid that.

If you’ve had your first period already, you might have noticed that your scar was tender at that time.

This is normal, and should fade away in couple of months.

 

Energy levels

You are tired and sleep deprived, but you are also one young and healthy woman.

If you feel completely worn out and exhausted every day, you need to check your blood count. It can be a sign that you are suffering from anemia.

If you are ‘marked’ as normal by your physician, ask your for any additional vitamins and supplements.

Leading yourself into a healthy lifestyle would increase your energy levels dramatically.

 

Sexuality and Relationships with Partner

8 weeks postpartum

 

Half of the women claim to have resumed their sex lives at this point.

However, 40% of the women won’t be too thrilled about sex even after three months.

Breastfeeding is especially efficient in reducing sex drive. In order to prevent you to become pregnant again.

At 8 weeks postpartum, most of the non-breastfeeding women will have their menstrual cycle returned.

If you haven’t got your period yet, and you’ve had unprotected sex, you might be pregnant again.

Sexual relations are not supposed to hurt at this point.

 

If you experience pain during intercourse, it can be due to some of the following causes:

  • Low estrogen levels: which lead to vaginal dryness and sensitivity. In addition to lubricants, you might need to apply a small amount of vaginal estrogen.
  • Problem with the scar: since everything is supposed to be healed by now, if you still experience pain around the scar you need to visit your doctor and check if everything is healing properly.
  • Muscle spasm: It is probably a consequence of the rapid withdrawal of progesterone. Pelvic flood physical therapy is good in resolving these problems.

 

Mental health

At this point, you should be feeling much better both, mentally and emotionally.

If you are fully functional, mostly happy and content, you are on the right track. Even at this time you can experience excessive sensitivity and emotional instability.

Good news is – those are probably consequences of fatigue and lack of sleep.

When we are tired, our capacity to think, rationalize and relax is lower than normal.

We tend to take every negative comment personally and every little problem becomes a big drama.

You are not going crazy, you just need rest.

 

Diet suggestions

If you are not breastfeeding, you might have started some kind of dietary regimen during previous weeks.

And now, you expect to see the results.

But sometimes our bodies are not as obedient as we would hope, and those few extra pounds just won’t go away.

Don’t worry – stay persistent and disciplined, and you will see the results soon enough.

 

Here are some general comments on when to expect losing weight, depending on your previous built and weight:

  • Skinny moms: This group which has gained 30 to 35 pounds lose most of their pregnancy weight in the first three months.
  • Borderline overweight: The older or third or fourth-time moms who have gained anywhere between 35 and 75 pounds, lose most of their weight between the 3rd and 6th month. It is especially important for these moms not to remain more than a few pounds over their pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Overweight moms: This group will lose most of their excess weight 6 to 9 months after childbirth.

 

So, you’ll lose those extra pounds, just not as soon as you’ve hoped.

Learn to love your body, and respect all those tremendous things it did during previous months.

It is beautiful as it is, and it will become fit soon enough.

 

Physical activity

You are feeling well, so why wouldn’t you go back to your cardio exercises?

Well, the main thing is, you will strain your ligaments, as you are still influenced by hormone relaxin.

This doesn’t mean you cannot increase the intensity of your workouts.

Sweating is good, as is stretching and lifting some lighter and moderate weights.

But don’t lift heavy weights, don’t run or jump (or at least consult your doctor about it).

Don’t even attempt exercising if your body is not liking it.

You’ll make it up. The main thing is that you stay active, even if it mean taking the baby for a walk.

Plus, as soon as your child starts walking, running and exploring, you’ll be exercising much more than you’ve ever hoped.

 

You’ve reached the end of your recovery period. The journey of the dreadful 8 weeks postpartum ends here.

You’ve survived all the pains, discomfort, troubles and difficult times, and you can now enjoy your new role as a mother.

Sure, there would have been troubles along the way, but you were able to solve them.

 

Right now, you are headed in the right direction, and you are in control of your life.

Even if there are some unresolved issues, you now know that you can overcome them.

Insecurities are gone as you realize that being a mother is difficult, but you are actually quite good at it!

Your baby is healthy and strong, and it grows to be a beautiful and happy child – all thanks to you.

So find some time and relax – you deserve it!!

Sana

About the Author: Sana

Mom of 3 boys with a flair to help other mothers struggling to get through their postpartum phase. My purpose is to build a place for moms where they can discuss their postpartum concerns, express frustrations, understand newborn-handling problems and share home remedies which have proved to be useful by the majority of mothers.

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