Most expectant moms have a birth plan, but the birth rarely goes according to said plan. In fact, some health care professionals and women advocates are recommending that new moms forgo the idea of birth plans altogether.
Still, while there is so much emphasis put on a strategy for having a baby, there’s not much of a roadmap for the days post birth. Sure, you may know to “sleep when the baby sleeps” or “drink plenty of water” but there’s not a lot of guidance around how to proceed from hour-to-hour or day-to-day.
Further, most women won’t see their doctor for the first 6 weeks after they give birth. And while The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is looking to redefine the traditional 6 week waiting period, many women will be on their own while they navigate this new and intimidating period of motherhood.
2 Weeks Postpartum: Look for connections to the outside world.