Moms Need Time to Recover

It takes awhile to recover from childbirth.

Even 5 weeks after giving birth, women still have an average of 6 postpartum symptoms, with fatigue being the top complaint, according to a study on this issue. Not surprisingly, moms who had C-sections were more likely to report pain and less mobility.

The study notes that most women deal with discomforts such as fatigue, breast soreness, constipation, hemorrhoids and sexual concerns for weeks, while some may face more serious problems, such as postpartum depression, that could continue for months. 

At least 54% of U.S. mothers of infants work outside the home, and this study, which looked at moms 5 weeks after giving birth, suggests that many return to work before their bodies have fully recovered. Maternity leaves typically last just 6–12 weeks.

Whether you’re remaining home with your baby or heading back to a job soon, take a moment to think about how you’re doing. If you feel you may still be recovering from birth or experiencing any level of postpartum depression, talk to your doctor.

If you’re still overly tired as you approach the 12-week mark, consider asking your employer if you can ease back into your work schedule, perhaps returning to work sooner but working fewer hours.  

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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