Day 5-10 postpartum: What to expect
As I mentioned in the Day 1-5 postpartum blog, a healthy, well supported postpartum period can be the difference between, being able to successfully breastfeed/chestfeed, going back to feeling like yourself again, getting back into shape, and even being able to conceive another child in the future. Most importantly, a healthy, well supported postpartum period shouldn't be a privilege or a secret that only some people hear about. It is what I wish for for everyone.
Here are some tips and things to look out for between Day 5-10.
The day 5 hormone crash:
Remember those amazing hormones/endorphins I mentioned in the Day 1-5 postpartum blog? Well, they run out around day 5, leading to a crash that usually involves some tears (ok, lots of tears) and what is sometimes labelled ‘baby blues’. The good news is that this is usually just a one or two day adjustment. (If this does not go away however, or if it starts to worsen and affect your ability to care for yourself or the baby, I highly suggest letting your Midwife, GP or OB know.)
You may still hurt.
It can be disheartening if over a week goes by and you still don't feel up for getting out of bed. This is NOT a sign that you are weak or even that something is terribly wrong. Everyone heals at different speeds. Listen to your body to know when it's ready to do more.
Tips for this stage:
Bonus tip: Wear ugly ratty pyjamas. I know it sounds weird, but if you look well, people around you will treat you as if you are completely well. Looking like ‘sh***’ is a great way to remind everyone that you have just been through a major event and that they should take care of you 🙂
There are a lot of wonderful parts to the first month with your new baby, but it isn’t all rainbows and lullabies. Remember that pushing too hard now may slow your recovery in the long run and could lead to messy complications. Take your time, rest, ask for help; This is just the beginning of a very long journey into parenthood.
Dr. Emilie Salomons Dr. TCM, FABORM, OBAAM, Doula.