The majority of the information you'll find about the first year after giving birth more to do with the baby's important milestones than the mother's. Many new moms are led to believe that six weeks after giving birth, they're as good as new and should set their focus on taking care of their little one. But, the reality is that there several personal postpartum milestones in the year after giving birth that moms can overlook. It's hard to think of yourself when you are busy raising a family.
A study by Dr. Julie Wray, of the University of Salford, found that six weeks was simply not enough of a recovery time for new moms. Wray observed practice in two maternity wards and interviewed new mothers two to three weeks, three months, and six to seven months after they had given birth. She concluded that an entire year was needed for a mom to feel fully recovered. Because of this, it's important for moms to know what to expect from their bodies and minds in those first 12 months after having a baby.
Here is a month to month guide of the postpartum milestones you'll reach in the year after giving birth.