Congratulations, mama! You've given birth and are now entering into the first 42 days of your postpartum recovery. There's so much to learn about your new baby and your postpartum body, and it can be hard to know where to turn for accurate information and advice.
First and foremost, it's important to know that everyone’s experience is different. Yes, you might dance out of the hospital in your pre-pregnancy jeans, but it’s more likely that you’ll be shoving all the extra disposable panties into your duffel bag as you shuffle out in your baggiest sweats. It’s this huge variation in experiences, especially for first-time moms, that makes planning for early postpartum recovery so difficult. In spite of this variety, learning about what to expect in the early weeks of recovery can help you to prepare for this crucial period of healing.