“The Essential Healing Time: Why Moms Need a Full Year to Recover from Childbirth, Beyond the Traditional 40 Days”

By: MRT Desk

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Quarantine Myth: Mothers Need a Year to Fully Recover After Childbirth

After the delivery, everyone tells you that you are in quarantine and that you do not have to make sudden movements during these 40 days, so that your body can recover from the birth of your child, but… IT IS NOT TRUE! You really need… ONE YEAR!

Researchers from the University of Salford, England, detail that quarantine is a myth; Actually, it takes 365 days -yes, ONE YEAR- for the mother’s body and mind to fully recover after having her child. So those 84 days that are granted (in the workplace or medical institutions) so that the mother is ready for childbirth and recovers with her baby after birth, they are a fantasy.

It’s not enough to go back to your normal life and “play as if nothing happened”! Why a year? Those 365 days are required for the mother to recover both physically and mentally from the entire process so demanding that pregnancy and childbirth represent – regardless of whether it was natural or by caesarean section. Research even clarifies that mothers should spend more time in the hospital –and not leave the same day the child is born, or three days after a caesarean section–.No, it is not so that they are not moving, but so that they learn to care for their baby, strengthen bonds with him and are supervised so that their health (physical and mental) is in optimal conditions.

Have you ever imagined how a woman’s body changes for and to give life? During the nine months of pregnancy, the body and mind of the woman are transformed to give life, so your organs move around and the hormonal explosion makes you feel sensitive, among many other changes.
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But the point is that just as it took those nine months to transform, she requires the same time, or even more, to recover; adding to this the care of the baby and other children (in case it is not the first), breastfeeding and the social pressure to rejoin their daily activities either at home or at work.

This pressure to return immediately to do things that were done normally only affects the physical and emotional health of the mother, not only in the short term but also in the medium and long term, and proof of this is postpartum depression.

Source: University of Salford

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