We already show you the first exercises for recovering from the birth during the postnatal period that you spend here. In addition to the physical side of things, we also look after your emotional well-being by means of something called a birth journey.
The baby is the focus of the mother’s day-to-day activities. Demands are placed on her from all sides and she has a very close emotional bond with her child. To aid with the recovery process, however, we would also like to encourage you to consciously take some time for yourself, remain mindful of your own needs and strengthen your body in a targeted way with gentle exercises.
A mindful and loving attitude towards yourself will enable you to recharge your batteries and fulfil your role as mother/parent in as relaxed a way as possible. Studies show that stressed parents who expect perfection from themselves are not doing their child any favours. Stress is always reflected in the child and has corresponding negative effects.
By contrast, the child will only benefit if the mother and father look after themselves so that they can return to looking after their little one refreshed and reinvigorated.
Focal points of the recovery process
We approach the recovery process on the following three levels:
The mother’s posture changes as soon as her baby belly is gone. This load is replaced by a different strain on her musculoskeletal system – she now has to carry the baby in her arms. We use targeted strengthening exercises to promote a healthy posture and movements that are easy on the back.
The pelvic floor
The pelvic floor is loosened after pregnancy and natural birth, both hormonally and mechanically. Postnatal exercises enable the mother to mindfully and consciously close the birth canal and, when practised regularly, help to prevent potential long-term complications (primarily incontinence).
Incidentally, it is still possible to have an exciting and fulfilled sex life after a vaginal birth; the myth that women lose their sexual sensitivity is exactly that – a myth. In fact, some couples even experience new highs in this regard.
It is important to maintain realistic expectations, however, as it is not uncommon for sexual desire to take a back seat in the initial turbulent period of parenthood:
“During the first few months of motherhood, the woman’s entire attention is focused on her new task. She has to find her bearings again and set new priorities. Getting up at night, breastfeeding and being permanently in demand wear her out and make her tire easily. As a result, her role shifts from that of lover to mother for a certain period of time.
Source: translated from Auf den Schwingen weiblicher Sexualität, p. 134, by Doris Christinger, Piper Verlag GmbH, 10th edition 2009
Going over the pregnancy and birth again, processing the experiences and achieving a sense of closure – all of these factors also contribute to a successful transition to motherhood.
We will be happy to take you on a meditative birth journey and support you empathetically as you relive your very personal birth experience.