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After baby, it's easy and common to fall into focusing solely on baby while giving little thought to your own recovery. While it may be a common thing moms tend to do, it's so important to be mindful about your own recovery. Many of my posts focus on how to optimize recovery and everything you should do. But I thought a post about some things to simply avoid or limit might also be helpful. Read more to learn what NOT to do postpartum.
The following are red flags that should not be ignored under any circumstances. At the very least, call your doctor if you are experiencing any of these. However, it may be more appropriate to head straight to the emergency room.
None of these things are meant to be forever. However, these are things that I would recommend NOT doing immediately postpartum. And I recommend these not only as a pelvic floor physical therapist who works with many postpartum patients but also as a fellow mom and friend of many postpartum women. At the very least, try to avoid these things for the first few weeks postpartum. If you're not sure how to modify your life to avoid these things, please reach out to your healthcare provider. To learn about things to avoid specifically for your pelvic floor, check out this post.
I hope this list of things to avoid helps you take care of yourself so that you have the best possible postpartum recovery!
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