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A 6 weeks postpartum, you may start to feel somewhat like a human again. If not, it's totally fine. However, you may be getting some stretches of sleeping and notice that baby is starting to fall into a bit of a routine.
Your core, like the rest of your body, is continuing to heal at 6 weeks postpartum. If you had a C-section the incision should be closed and healing as well. While it may be sensitive, it's important to do gentle touching around the incision so that it does not become overly sensitive.
Your pelvic floor is continuing to heal at this stage. If you had an episiotomy or tearing, the stitches have likely healed and vaginal bleeding should have stopped or be minimal at this stage. The following are some common issues some women experience at 6 weeks postpartum.
Again, you may have been cleared by your healthcare provider to return to "business as usual" at this phase. While that is great and likely means on the surface everything is healing well, it doesn't meant to jump back into pre-pregnancy exercise. During exercise, there should be no pain, no leakage, and no feeling of pressure or dragging in the pelvis or abdomen. If you experience any of those, take the exercise down a notch. If that doesn't help consider trying another exercise. Regardless of the exercise, definitely seek help from a pelvic floor specialist to address these issues.
As you start to dip your toe into the world of exercise, it can be helpful to have guidance either from a pelvic floor therapist or a reputable program. Guiding women back to their normal activity level is something we help with at Simpli Whole and In-Home or Telehealth visits may be appropriate. You can read more about how pelvic floor therapy might help here.
If you're not experiencing any issues but just want someone to tell you what to do and when, then a workout app with pre-made workouts tailored to each phase postpartum may be the answer. Expecting and Empowered has developed a fitness app that seamlessly guides you through each phase postpartum, with modifications as needed. Head over to this link and enter code SIMPLI to get your discount!
Sometimes, it's hard to know what is normal and not normal postpartum. Especially if this is your first time. The following are some signs/ and symptoms that are normal and not normal at 6 weeks. Fatigue is totally normal at this stage though it shouldn't prevent you from doing basic daily activities.
Any of the following would be reasons to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. While they aren't all signs of an emergency necessarily, these are not normal things to be experiencing at this stage.
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