The Importance of Post Partum Care

In the post partum phase a woman’s body is reversing all of the many changes that occurred during pregnancy.  What took the body 40 weeks to build and adapt to, now reverses completely in about 6 weeks.  By this time it is important that the uterus has returned to it’s pre-pregnancy size and location, that the vagina has contracted and regained much of its muscle tone, that the episiotomy or lacerations have healed, that the vaginal discharge of lochia has stopped, that breast feeding is well established, and for those with C-sections that the scar has healed and they are recovering well from the surgery.   While this is the ideal scenario it is not every woman’s reality.

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Understanding Stress: How we can help you

To keep it simple, stress is defined as any event that threatens homeostasis. Homeostasis is maintaining stable and constant body conditions like blood pressure, body temperature and the ability to adapt to our environment. This adaptation includes things like: external temperature, water intake, physical exertion, a car accident or even positive excitement like falling in love. Physiologists point out that while the reaction of the body to cold temperatures is different from its reaction to fighting an infection or getting chased by a bear, all of these types of stress affect the body in a similar way—they all cause an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal cortex. From this perspective, stress can be defined as any event that causes increased cortisol secretion.

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