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 childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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