Our postpartum culture is quite interesting. Women have babies and suddenly, they're expected to bounce right back. Did you know that in the Chinese culture, women don’t get out of bed for 40 days? These women are being taken care of and being cooked for as she gets the rest her body needs. Her only job is to nurse and cuddle with her baby. We live in a fast paced world where if we’re not out and about within days after baby is born, we feel like we need to be doing more.
There is a real fear of weight gain in our society and a lot of us work extremely hard to avoid it. We will wake up at 5 am after being awake til 1am, train even harder after a day of indulgence, and even work through aches and pains that our bodies endure on a daily basis. For many pregnant and postpartum women, they will work way beyond where their body is currently at so that they A) don’t gain much weight during pregnancy, B) bounce back post-pregnancy. No one tells us
I had a client yesterday, 2 months postpartum, exhausted because her baby has been sick, so needless to say, she’s on the stressed side. This is what postpartum recovery look like for most moms. There isn’t much time for them to take care of themselves, let alone sleep for a few hours so that they can recharge. Most moms are literally running on empty, pulling whatever they can together just to survive. We’re reading a lot these days about the injuries sustained in childbir