You might be wondering when you’ll be recovered and ‘back to normal’. It’s important to remember that recovery time and adjustment after childbirth can vary greatly from person to person — and there may be ups and downs along the way. Whether you’re overjoyed or experiencing difficult emotions, asking for help and support is okay. Whether it’s traditional teaching from elders, tips from loved ones or insights from your maternity provider, there are several ways in which you can draw on the layers of support that surround you. If you find it helpful, you might want to write down any key information for you to refer back to when needed. Ask for clarification or repetition along the way. We’re here to offer encouragement and resources to help you journey through this transformative time with self-compassion and strength.
As you embark on your journey into parenthood, it’s important to remember that it’s very much okay to reassess the decisions you’ve made along the way and make adjustments that feel right for you and your family. For example, you may want to consider whether your earlier decisions about parental leave and benefits still make sense with your current needs and priorities. If you can, take your time as you ease into parenthood. Maybe today you set micro goals (shower, anyone?) which get reset anew for tomorrow (and the day after that). Have a look at the resources we’ve reviewed and compiled to help you make the choices that will best serve you and your loved ones.