Healthy Living, Parenting

6 Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Recovery

6 Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Recovery

Whether you’re planning to become pregnant, in the middle of your pregnancy, or just beginning your postpartum journey, it’s important to be informed on what to expect during each of these phases. While there are many commonly known facts about the postpartum recovery stage, there might be some aspects that surprise you. Here are six things no one tells you about postpartum recovery:

Leaky Bladder

You may also experience incontinence, which is a leaking of urine that happens uncontrollably. This is because your pelvic floor muscles weaken during pregnancy. However, you don’t have to worry about experiencing incontinence forever, as it can be managed with the help of a physical therapist. To help lessen your symptoms, consider making simple lifestyle changes such as reducing caffeine/carbonated drinks/ alcohol, increasing your water intake, and consider exercise to help ease pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor. 

Return of Your Period with Postpartum Recovery

This is something to be expected in your postpartum journey, however, you may be shocked to learn that everything you knew about your period pre-pregnancy may change. The timeline in which you experience your first cycle postpartum can be affected by whether or not you’re breastfeeding. This is because the hormone the body produces to lactate—prolactin—suppresses ovulation. Because of this, it could take weeks to even months to get your period again. 

Additionally, with postpartum recovery your period may change a little, a lot, or not at all. You may experience a heavier or lighter flow, the length of your cycle can change, and you might even notice changes in cramping. If you find that your typical period products aren’t doing the trick, whether they cause discomfort or cannot accommodate the changes in your period, you should consider trying something new. Comfortable and simple to use cups like this one here, are an excellent way to transition back into your menstrual cycle. They provide up to twelve hours of leak protection, that way you’re able to spend time with your bundle of joy without having to worry about changing a pad or tampon every few hours. 

Growing Feet

A change you might have noticed but not necessarily expected is within your feet. It’s not uncommon for your feet to grow during pregnancy due to weight gain, swelling, and the fluctuating levels of hormones throughout your body. All of these factors can put more stress on your feet causing your joints to widen, resulting in growth. You can try to prevent this before your postpartum journey by wearing supportive shoes and practicing foot-muscle exercises. 

Body Changes

While this may not come as much of a surprise, there might be some changes you didn’t know about. For example, what the internet calls a “mom butt” can occur to many breastfeeding mothers. Your body’s production of breastmilk melts away the gluteal-femoral fat as it is transformed into the food source for your baby. 

You might also find yourself sweating a lot more than usual, and don’t worry, it’s completely normal. Your pregnancy hormones are to blame for this as they’re telling your body to rid itself of the extra fluids it once had to nourish your baby. It’s most common to experience postpartum night sweats, but will typically taper off during your recovery. In the meantime, to combat your sweating, make sure you’re remaining hydrated, put down a towel on your pillow to absorb some of your sweat, and wear lightweight clothing.

Your Breast Size May Differ

At the beginning of your pregnancy, one of the first changes you might have noticed was an increase in your breasts. These changes can carry on into your postpartum journey as well based on a handful of factors. As your body begins to produce milk, you may experience fullness, redness, and tenderness of your breasts. Fluctuations in size and fullness are to be expected, in addition to leaking every so often.

Your Skin and Hair Will Change

During your pregnancy, you probably noticed an improvement in the condition of your hair and skin. This is because your body was producing more hormones, resulting in shiny and voluminous hair and glowing skin. Unfortunately, many women also experience hair loss once their pregnancy is over. Hair loss is typically caused by the lack of hormones that you had due to your pregnancy, but don’t worry you’re not going bald! Your once voluminous hair was actually because of having more hair on your head. Once your hormone levels return to normal, so will the state of your hair.

It’s not uncommon to have a pregnancy glow that quickly disappears once your baby arrives. Many mothers experience skin conditions such as melasma, hyperpigmentation, and even acne during their postpartum journey. Melasma, also known as the mask of pregnancy, consists of darkened areas of the skin. This skin condition typically appears on the cheeks, forehead, eyes, and nose. To help minimize the spots, try using sunscreen and hydrocortisone cream during postpartum to lighten the spots. In some cases, you might even find that your skin is more oily, dry, or even acne-prone than usual. Luckily with some extra TLC and time, your skin can return to normal.

Remember, postpartum recovery is a time for your body to recover from the amazing process that is pregnancy and childbirth. While you’re acclimating to life with your new baby, be sure to find some time for yourself as well. 

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Pottery Awesomeness is the perfect family project

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Pottery Awesomeness is the perfect family project

Are you in need of the perfect family project? Consider Pottery Awesomeness. It comes with everything you need to paint pottery at home. No oven required. Just paint, seal and place around your home. I have a fall collection and it was so easy and now I have new fall decor – pumpkins, Autumn leaves and gourds.

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The perfect family project is always artsy, engaging and sometimes messy. It’s the best way to have fun together. The paints included in the pottery choices are acrylic paint, an all-purpose, water-based, fast drying, wipe clean finish. Non-toxic, soap & water clean-up.

I love the fall color palette of the paints sent with this fall package. Once you are done painting it is time to let that paint dry before applying a coat or two of the sealer. They even give you the brushes for the painting and the foam brush for the sealer. I did 1 coat but if you want your finished project more glossy then apply another coat or two. There is plenty of sealer to keep going to your desired finish. Once that sealer dries you are done!

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The bonus fun with this perfect family project is to find spaces to place your projects around the house. We put a gourd on the mantle and the pumpkin on our dining table centerpiece.

pottery projects

I love these themed-subscription boxes, like back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day and more. Each box includes three cute figurines, acrylic paint, paint brushes, a glossy sealer and an instruction card with QR codes that will direct painters to painting tutorials and instructions. 

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Order your perfect family project today at Pottery Awesomeness

You can buy single designs to really customize your order. Or Subscription boxes cost $30, or may be purchased individually for $32, skip or cancel at any time, www.potteryawesomeness.com.

Infant Toddler Products, Parenting

Is it the Right Time to Start Potty Training?

Is it the Right Time to Start Potty Training?

One of the most common questions I hear as a professional potty training consultant is, “How do I know when my child is ready?” There are some classic signs and signals you can look for including: a general interest in the bathroom, asking for a new diaper when they are wet or dirty, hiding to have a bowel movement, staying dry for longer periods throughout the day, and waking up dry from naps and/or overnight. Your child should also possess basic communication skills, either verbal or physical, and the ability to understand and follow basic direction. These things usually start presenting themselves somewhere between 22 and 28 months, making this the ideal age to potty train.

Keep in mind, that it is also just as important for you to be ready as your child’s teacher and coach. If you are prepared to fully commit and remain consistent with a plan that matches your child’s unique personality and potty learning style, it is sure to make for a successful potty training experience!

Once you are ready to start the process, here are three unique potty training tips that you won’t hear anywhere else! 

Tip 1: Take some time before you begin potty training to count down the days to no more diapers with your little one. About 3 to 5 days before you’re ready to start, wake up each morning and “x” off the day on the calendar together. Not only does this help your child mentally prepare for the upcoming change they’re about to experience, but it gives you the opportunity to build their confidence so they believe they can do it! This technique works really well for stubborn kiddos who tend to be resistant to change.

Tip 2: If your child ever seems anxious, apprehensive, or even afraid to release their pee and poop on the potty, try my bubble trick! Did you know that when you blow out air, it activates the same muscles we use to pass our bladder and bowels? It’s true! So while your little one is set up on the potty, try letting them blow bubbles. Not only does getting to do this typical outdoor activity inside entice your child to try, but it also relaxes them AND activates the muscles we use to pass our bladder and bowels! Gotta love an effective trick that is actually FUN!

Tip 3: When you’re ready to introduce underwear to your child, buy them in a size larger than what they would normally wear. Having the underwear be a slightly looser fit will help them remain more aware of their body’s sensations and urges and will be less easily confused with a diaper. This tends to reduce accidents, and who doesn’t want that?

If you feel like you need more support with your potty training journey, feel free to reach out to me via my website at www.pottytrainingconsultant.com and follow me on Instagram @pottytrainingconsultant! 

-Allison Jandu

Potty Training Seat Option

If you are shopping for a toilet seat, let me show you about the 2-in-1 Potette Plus Portable Potty. It is portable for travel and a trainer seat as well. It has handles that fold to store and unfold to snap into place for portable set up. Asa a trainer seat it fits on most standard toilet seats. Learn more at Potette! You can purchase the Potette Portable Potty on Amazon.