The 5 Pillars of Postpartum
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I’m Chelsea. I’m a postpartum coach and a momma who is committed to keeping it real. I’m not going to share how to make your home, your kids or your body perfect. I’m here to normalize the chaos, sit with you in the messy parts of motherhood and educate you on what to REALLY expect in postpartum. You can get my insight on 10 things people won’t tell you about postpartum HERE! I hope you find some comfort from my page and connect with me so we can keep in touch. Alright- now on to the post you came here for!
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What is Postpartum?
Postpartum has been put into many boxes.
Some say it’s the first 6 weeks after giving birth.
Some define it as the time before an “all clear” to have sex or exercise again after birth.
Some say it’s the duration of a maternity leave which, in the United States, has an average of 12 weeks.
The Journal of Prenatal Medicine names 3 phases of Postpartum, recognizing the period as 6 months.
When looking at birth and postpartum related fatalities, there is a 1 year time frame recognized.
Some conversations are pushing for acceptance of two years.
Regardless of how you define Postpartum, the point remains the same: WE NEED TO SUPPORT MOMS BETTER.
In America, women typically are seen by medical providers directly after birth and then again between 4-8 weeks after birth. Sometimes they are involved with a lactation specialist, postpartum doula, or other specialist. At times, when tipped off by a postpartum screening survey, they may be involved with a mental health resources such as medication or therapy. However, overall, there is a large gap between what is expected of women in this period and what resources and support is provided to them.
Add in the pressure and pictures of social media and a new mom is often feeling like she’s failing.
The 5 Pillars
Through my market research, coaching and personal experience, I have named The 5 Pillars of Postpartum. These serve as recognition of the areas moms need support in order to have a strong foundation in postpartum and throughout motherhood. These 5 Pillars will be discussed in future posts, but here is a preview for you. If you would benefit from more support and community in your postpartum period (and who wouldn’t?), maybe Postpartum Together is for you.