While pregnant, you're mostly concerned with optimizing your prenatal wellness and the health of your growing baby. There are also plenty of pregnancy-specific aches and pains to deal with. But sooner than you think, your baby will be born and you'll enter the wonderful world of postpartum healing. If you're anything like me, you have a vague sense of the heavy bleeding, aching muscles, and weak pelvic floor waiting for you on the other side of childbirth — not to mention breastfeeding (if you choose) and caring for your newborn. So here is how to heal faster after giving birth by starting during pregnancy.
From keeping up with your vitamins to drinking lots of water and staying active, many self-care behaviors translate naturally from before you are pregnant to the prenatal and postpartum periods. It can be tempting to skip or neglect self-care, especially when you're tired or feeling overwhelmed from juggling too many things, but the sooner you internalize the importance of self-care, the better. Taking care of yourself really is essential and it enables you to take care of your newborn. The postpartum recovery period is "officially" six weeks long, but one of the midwives I saw for prenatal care told me that it takes your body as long to heal as to make the baby — in other words, about nine months or so. Develop these good habits now to make your recovery speedier and easier.