Childbirth changes your body no matter how routine or uncomplicated the birth may be. Babies move through the cervix and out of the vagina, and that's going to cause some injury in your downtown area. Personally, I've experienced both an easy and difficult delivery, and there is one constant: there will be limitations on your activity postpartum along with plenty of discomfort. And there will be blood -- lots of it. There are strategic considerations you must adhere to postpartum; some are common sense, others not so much. Here are seven things you can't do while recovering from a vaginal delivery.
The limitations placed on recovering mothers can seem excessive, especially if you start to feel better sooner than you anticipate, but they're necessary to keep your healing process on track. While rest and relaxation might be a bit of a pipe dream with a newborn in tow, it's important to take it easy and be considerate of your healing body. It's also crucial to keep watch of your body's needs for hydration and nutrition postpartum, even though that seems less of a priority now that you're no longer pregnant. It's essential for your body's system to repair itself.
Physician's Assistant Kyra Anthony tells Romper that new moms are notoriously noncompliant (herself included) when it comes to taking care of themselves, and this can actually extend the healing period and make it more difficult. She stresses that moms should focus on doing the best they can, but there are a few big no-nos that are sacrosanct. This is what they are.