Why It’s Important to Prepare Now for the Postpartum Period

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Why It’s Important to Prepare Now for the Postpartum Period

It’s very typical for pregnant women to make plans for how they will deliver and care for their newborns. Toward the end of pregnancy, most women can answer questions such as, “Do you plan to breastfeed or formula feed your baby?” or “How long will you be able to take off of work for your maternity leave?” However, questions about postpartum recovery, such as, “What physical changes do you expect to go through after giving birth?” or “If you struggle with breastfeeding, how will you get help?” can be much more difficult for pregnant women to answer.

This emphasis on prioritizing the needs of newborn babies over their mothers’ needs in our culture can be attributed to a lack of awareness about the importance of the postpartum period for mothers’ recovery and healing. This period of time has…

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