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How To Get Back To YOU After The Baby Is Born

by Nellie

This post is sponsored by Vagisil® & SheKnows Media.

A few days ago, I was invited to a fun panel of experts that were discussing Life After Baby. I know for a lot of us (myself included) life dramatically changed when we had kids so this was a fun way to discuss all the madness in an open forum where nothing was off limits.

Did you know that 90% of new moms want sleep more than sex?

This doesn’t surprise me at all! SheKnows Media + Vagisil® put together an all-star group of panelists including Naama Bloom, Logan Levkoff (sexologist), Dr. Jaquelline Perlman (OBGYN) and Keech Combe Shetty. They were all here to have a shameless discussion on the trials and triumphs of being a new mom from sore nipples to first smile.

“It’s good to know the books but reality is a bit different”. How many of us have heard advice that seems super concrete, then we get anxiety when we don’t follow it exactly? These general timelines don’t always apply to everyone. The panelists really took the time to advise all moms, moms to be and future mothers that it depends on your body and how YOU feel.

Post-Baby Body

We talked a lot about our changing bodies (what happens post baby) we chatted a bit about diastasis, post and during changes that happen to the body.  Hair loss post baby is just your hair coming back to normal from the hair growth during pregnancy.  Another common type of post baby symptom is vaginal dryness.

Did you know that vaginal dryness affects 1 out of 4 women at some point in their lives?

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Common causes of vaginal dryness include:

Stress

Breast Feeding

Taking birth control pills

Certain medications

Many women feel uncomfortable discussing vaginal dryness but 60% of women reported that they’ve experienced symptoms of vaginal dryness before the age of 40. We HAVE to talk about these things, and the panel was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Also: 38% of women who experience vaginal dryness aren’t doing ANYTHING to treat or prevent it.

Logan Levkoff (who is my spirit animal by the way) brought up a great point about intimacy. A woman is touched several (MANY) times a day from the kids to perfect strangers. So, when it’s time to get intimate with your partner it can be tough. It helps a lot to communicate this with your partner so that they can possibly understand how you feel (and why you may not feel like it) from a different point of view.

Tips for new moms

  • When you are in the hospital take the time, and spend it with the lactation specialist.
  • Everyone’s experience is completely different.
  • The pain will be less if we master breastfeeding it early.

Keech shared how different her pregnancies were. She took all the prenatal classes but didn’t have the best experience. She ended up producing way too much milk so she’d have to pump after she fed her daughter. She ended up being allergic to the pump!

The best advice of the night:

From Logan “Trust your mama bear instinct especially when someone is telling you what to do with your baby.”

Self-care

  • Don’t lose yourself after baby.
  • Try to find the balance with whatever makes you happy!
  • Create an extra hour for yourself.
  • Choose to workout. (The workout is for you and it gives you more energy to cope with everything!)
  • Give yourself a break.

Thanks to SheKnows and Vagisil® for a wonderful experience! The #WineandGyn Conversations need to happen WAY more often amongst moms and women! I learned a ton and I know everyone else did too.

What did you wish you knew before you had a child? Did you follow all the “rules” post baby?

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