BBL 029: What to Expect in the Early Postpartum

Pregnancy and baby information are everywhere – but there's not a lot of information on the early postpartum period. This podcast is the first in a series of two covering what to expect postpartum so you're feeling confident and prepared about what you'll experience in your body, mind, and emotions.

In this episode I cover:

  • What you can expect immediately postpartum
  • How to create a safe 3rd stage with minimal bleeding
  • Why your nurse or midwife may massage your uterus
  • What is checked regularly postpartum (at hospital, birth center, and home births)
  • Summary of postpartum medications and when to consider them
  • What happens to your body in the early postpartum
  • How you can use this time to bond well with your baby

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Items mentioned in this podcast include:

Referenced Texts:

  • [raw]Maternal and Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family[/raw]
  • [raw]Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 2: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor Through the First Hours After Birth[/raw]

In the next podcast episode I'll cover more of what to expect in the early weeks postpartum as your body makes the full shift from pregnancy to breastfeeding!

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Kristen is a pregnancy coach, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! I've spent nearly two decades helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Does complete support for a sacred birth and beautiful beginning for your baby resonate with you? Contact me today to chat about how powerful guidance and coaching can transform your pregnancy, birth, and mothering journey <3

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