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NEW-PARENT PROBLEM:

Shouldn't I be feeling normal by now?
In the age of social media oversharing, it's all too easy to
compare ourselves with others. In my first weeks home, I
could hardly hobble around the house, when it seemed as
if the other new moms I knew were already registered for
mommy-and-me yoga classes.
"Some women bounce right back from childbirth and
are ready to get up and out, while for others it takes a bit
longer to even begin feeling back to normal," says Tiffany
Moore Simas, MD, a fellow with the American Congress of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
No matter what, your body needs at least six weeks to
heal-possibly more after a cesarean section.

3 PRO TIP : Be patient with yourself, listen to your body

and let yourself rest when you can. "Six weeks is the general rule of thumb for actual physical healing, like the uterus
going back to its normal size
and a reduction in bleeding, but
that doesn't mean you aren't
still recovering in other ways
well beyond the six-week
CALEND
mark," says Christa Sanford,
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the American College of
Nurse-Midwives.

NEW-PARENT PROBLEM:
Will I ever sleep again?

3 PRO TIP : Remember that this phase won't last

forever. In just a few months, your baby will start
sleeping for longer periods and some twisted part of
your brain may miss all of those midnight feedings.

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The short answer: Yes. But it may be a while before
you get good, long chunks of sleep.
"The truth for moms is, if you're breastfeeding,
you're going to be waking up a lot," Sanford says.
Newborns typically need to feed every two hours
or so-a newborn sleeping through the night is
actually something to be concerned about.
"Once you've established breastfeeding, you
can pump and bottle-feed, which will allow your
partner to take some of the night shifts," Sanford
says. "Otherwise, you really do need to try to sleep
when the baby sleeps, whether that's during the
day or night."



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