Giving birth is a beautiful, but overwhelming experience.
The weeks after birth can bring a wash of emotions and many physical changes. Lack of sleep is to be expected, but there are other discomforts that can impact a new mom’s day-to-day experience, including healing time, unexpected physical side effects of birth, intimacy changes and lactation concerns.
Don’t Skip Postpartum Care
Birth can be difficult both physically and emotionally, but proper postpartum care can help. During a regular postpartum appointment, your obstetrical provider will check on both your physical and emotional well-being. They can also provide any referrals for follow-up needs from psychiatric to urological. Getting this important after care will allow you to reduce your concerns and give you more time to focus on your baby.
Your provider is also just a phone call away at any time for any other concerns. If you don’t have an obstetrician/gynecologist, visit our find a provider page.
You Are Not Alone: Postpartum Resources
After bringing your baby home you may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. These are common feelings.
Get Mom-to-Mom Support
Chesapeake Regional’s Postpartum Support Group brings new mothers together to lean on one another. An experienced facilitator answers questions and offers support, encouragement, information and resources for coping.
The group is free and open to new and expecting mothers. Infants are welcome.
Dates: Every Monday
Time: 10 am until 11 am
Email: Chesapeake@postpartumva.org for more information.
Do you think you may need professional help or treatment for your postpartum concerns?
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), like postpartum depression and anxiety, are common after childbirth. If you think you are experiencing distress after giving birth, you are not alone. A professional can help you overcome these difficult feelings. Reach out to your primary care or obstetrical provider for more support.