Pregnancy, labor and childbirth are beautiful, but drastic experiences. It is therefore important to be aware of all the associated joys & risks. Postpartum check ups are extremely useful to ensure you are recovering well, both physically and mentally.
Here are 4 postpartum specialists you should consult with to ensure a smooth healing process:
Pelvic Floor specialist
Pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by pregnancy & childbirth therefore leading to involuntary leaks, prolapse, reduced vaginal sensation and more. A gynaecologist, physiotherapist and urologist can all help strengthen these muscles. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can help rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles & a urologist will be very helpful in treating urinary disorders.
Also known as a breastfeeding specialist, this health professional offers advice & guidance for those who choose to breastfeed. They can help with common breastfeeding problems or questions concerning painful nipples, milk supply, breastfeeding positions and more.
Counsellor or therapist
Pregnancy, childbirth & postpartum experiences are difficult on the mind as well. Do not suffer in silence. Entering motherhood is a drastic adjustment. It can bring about great joy as well as stress, anxiety and sadness. It is important to ensure that we are well surrounded & cared for.
What doesn’t a postpartum doula do? Basically a second mom, doulas can provide advice, help and support for a multitude of different things including breastfeeding, changing your baby, naptime, making meals, helping siblings adjust and even housework! Whether you are having your first or 4th child, these will always be extremely helpful and comforting to have around.
A happy, healthy mother makes for a happy, healthy baby.