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NOTE: The purpose of this series is not to bash medicalized births. It is only to shed on light on the potential benefits of having an unmedicated birth.
When comparing unmedicated births to other methods of birth (epidural and c-section), many moms report having an easier postpartum recovery after having had a natural birth. It’s important to remember that every drug and medical procedure comes with its own set of potential side effects that can impact your recovery.
Without any drugs interfering with the body’s natural processes, it is not a surprise that postpartum recovery after an uncomplicated natural birth is generally easier. You don’t have to wait for any drugs to wear off, you can go to the bathroom unassisted and without having to worry about a catheter, and you don’t have to worry about dealing with a fresh incision.
My first postpartum recovery after having my daughter was OK. It could have been much easier had I known how to push properly during labor. I didn’t tear or experience any kind of other trauma however my vagina was swollen from pushing incorrectly and my entire body was sore (if you want to avoid the same mistakes I made check out my new online natural birth prep!).
However, after having my son, my postpartum recovery was a breeze. I had a much easier and enjoyable childbirth experience and I can attribute my easy postpartum recovery to that. After I had my son I was up and running almost immediately. It felt good to feel like myself again especially after being pregnant for so long.
Your childbirth experience matters
It’s also important to note that one factor that can affect your postpartum recovery is you childbirth experience. Just like I mentioned above, with my daughter, I really had no idea what I was doing. I pushed way too hard and way too long for nothing. Now that I look back, I understand why my body felt like it got hit by a ton of bricks and why I had a rougher recovery, in comparison to my 2nd birth. Yes, I was up and running almost immediately but I didn’t feel too good. If you had a natural birth but you’ve exhausted your body during labor like I did, or experienced more severe tearing, you could have a longer recovery compared to someone who has had a medicated birth.
Resting is KEY!
It’s important to remember that regardless of how you give birth, and how you feel after your given birth, your body will still need time to recover. Mama, I know that you’re a strong woman but it’s OK to accept help and to ask for help when you need it. Trust me, your body will thank you! You may feel totally “normal” after having had an unmedicated birth but if you don’t give your body the chance to rest, you may experience complications such as heavy bleeding and pelvic organ prolapse.