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Surviving The First 48 Hours Postpartum

I find that most new birthing parents don't know:

1. About lochia: the bleeding that occurs for 4-6 weeks postpartum as your uterus contracts and shrinks to it's new normal. Lesson: don't bring your cute underwear to the hospital.

2. That normal movements become hard: you can't sit straight up out of bed. You have to learn how to roll to sit and use your hands to help push you to stand up.

3. A nurse will go with you to go to the bathroom. Who knew going could be so rough?

4. You'd never love heating pads and ice packs so much.

What do you wish you knew before giving birth?

Pelvic floor physical therapy can help make moving and going to the bathroom easier.

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