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The Fourth Trimester Unveiled: How a Postpartum Doula Can Support You in the Next 90 Days!

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Oftentimes, a pregnant individual will plan for pregnancy and birth, taking into account what needs to get done, selecting a childbirth class, what books to read, reviewing birth preferences, visualizing the upcoming birth and preparing the baby's space, but what about the postpartum period? Perhaps immediate postpartum needs have been planned, for instance hygiene needs, baby diapers and clothes, nursing pads and nursing bras, but not much else might come to mind.

The postpartum period is just as important as the three trimesters of pregnancy, and can be referred to as "the fourth trimester". The “fourth trimester” refers to the first three months after the baby is born, during which both the baby and the mother go through significant physical and emotional changes. The postpartum adjustments after giving birth are physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes that new mothers experience. These can include hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding challenges, physical recovery from childbirth (bleeding, soreness, and breast engorgement) and adjusting to the demands of caring for a newborn. Emotional changes can include feelings of joy, anxiety, fatigue, and sadness, which can fluctuate through the day.

It's important to take care of yourself during this time and seek support from loved ones or healthcare professionals if needed. If available in your area, a postpartum support person or doula may assist you during this period of transition.

What is a postpartum doula?

A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to new mothers and families after childbirth. They help with tasks such as feeding, newborn care, household chores, and emotional support during the postpartum period. Having a postpartum doula is a great gift to you. The focused care a doula provides is an invaluable resource, the doula will hold space for you, if you need it. A place for relief should you have anxiety and fears. They will help to build your confidence as a new parent.

Benefits of having a postpartum doula

Nevertheless, new parents will often have high expectations for themselves and their babies, which can be overwhelming. It's important to remember that every baby is different and there is no one "right" way to parent. A postpartum doula can guide you through this new journey and provide you with reassurance and resources, should you need them.

A postpartum doula can provide a wide range of benefits for new parents, such as emotional support, practical assistance with newborn care, breastfeeding support, household tasks, and guidance on self-care. They can also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression, improve maternal-infant bonding, and increase confidence and satisfaction in parenting.

As you can see, a postpartum doula can be an indispensable asset to your recovery. A key player to assist you while you heal from childbirth, establish your breastfeeding relationship (if you so choose), and help you to adjust to your new role and responsibilities.

Remember, it's so important to prioritize self-care and seek support from friends, family, or professionals if needed. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

How did or how can a postpartum doula help you? Share below!

Postpartum Doula Fort Collins CO
Postpartum Doula, Fort Collins, CO


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