Preparing for Postpartum Part 2: Evaluating & Preparing Your Schedule

Time is one of our greatest commodities here on earth.

And it is our responsibility to steward it well.

Many might think that taking 30-45 days to rest is absurd and excessive, but did you know that women who take time to recover and heal have less likely a chance of suffering PPD AND they are known to have longer life spans!

Did you know that there are actually 4 trimesters, not three? Many don’t view postpartum, or the season known as the 4th trimester, as an essential part of caring for the baby and mother.

How long do you take, purposefully, to recover from pregnancy and childbirth?

Do you allow yourself time to just rest and delight in your new little one? Or are you tempted to get up, go places, or clean around your home right away?

I was at the grocery store the other day and saw the sweetest new babe out helping her mommy shop. I asked how old she was and the mother replied, “Three days old.”

Flashback to my past.

I was that mom.

Wanting to get back to my life so badly I took my sweet bundle of joy out grocery shopping when she was just days old. Have you done that?

I had cabin fever.

We needed groceries.

And honestly, I craved adult contact and communication.

I felt the pressure to bounce back right away, but I thought it was normal. So many people were amazed at how quickly I was out and about, and to be honest, all that praise felt good.

Little did I know that those kind and encouraging remarks were really embedding in my mind an expectation I would later have for myself with each subsequent birth.

Taking Time

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About Angie Tolpin

Angie is married to her best friend Isaac and is a homeschooling mom to seven children ranging in age from 5 months to 15 years old. She loves to encourage moms and wives and thrives best when accompanied by her husband as they speak together. She is the author of Redeeming Childbirth, The Growth & Study Guide, and the online Bible Study: The Quiet Fight Between Women.

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