- 1st Trimester
- 2nd Trimester
- 3rd Trimester
- Labor & Delivery
- & Beyond
Now that you’ve got your little one or ones home, you begin to settle into a new routine as a whole new family dynamic begins to take shape.
The postpartum period includes the 4th trimester (the first 3 months post-delivery), the 5th trimester* (the transition back to work),
and beyond. Some argue that the postpartum period never truly ends, it just takes on new forms over time.
In numerous other more Eastern cultures, from India to China to Korea, the first several weeks of the postpartum period is treated as a sacred, transformative time. A new mama is cared for by their own mamas, sisters, aunts, and neighbors while she recovers and transitions into her new role. They nourish, soothe, assist with housework and baby care, giving the mama time to heal and bond with her baby.
In the United States, we often treat the postpartum differently. We treat it not as the precious time that it is, but something to hurry through, often alone. Studies have shown that having a strong care system in place, especially for the first several weeks after birth, can greatly reduce the risk of postpartum anxiety or depression. But this
support system can be integral even months —
or years — later when the overwhelm of
mamahood is even greater.
This is a season of leaning into these changes, listening to what your body needs, and curating the right care team to help make this very special time more joyful.
Navigating your new normal, and what that means for your relationships, your career, and even your own self-identity, is challenging. But with the right team, you can blossom into your best mama self.
The 5th trimester was coined by author Lauren Smith Brody in her 2017 book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby
As a mother to new mamas, postpartum doulas are for mamas after the baby’s arrival by preparing nourishing food, assisting with household chores and newborn care, and helping them discover their new routine, allowing mama time to rest and heal.
As a physical therapist versed in pelvic floor health, pelvic floor specialists help women rehabilitate their delicate pelvic floor after birth, addressing diastasis recti, pelvic discomfort, incontinence, leakage, bowel irregularities, prolapse, painful intercourse, and sexual dysfunction.
Personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and yoga teachers who specialize in postpartum exercise, prioritize mindful recovery, intentional healing, and strength rebuilding to re-energize mamas and boost their mood.
Perinatal masseuses use bodywork to assist in relieving muscle aches and soreness resulting from birth and caring for a newborn in addition to calming the nervous system to promote healing and reduce anxiety.
A practitioner of Chinese medicine, a perinatal acupuncturist uses microneedles placed along specific meridians to help reduce postpartum overwhelm and anxiety, aid in birth recovery, and alleviate common postpartum physical discomforts and symptoms.
Lactation consultants and counselors help mamas find their nursing groove, but they also help counsel mamas on alternatives when things just aren’t working — either for baby or mama.
Experts in the sleep hygiene of babies and tots, sleep consultants help mamas and their partners develop new sleeping strategies, naptime tips, and nighttime routines so that everyone in the home can get quality, restful sleep.
Sometimes called a baby nurse, night nurses care for baby during the night, sometimes feeding them as well, allowing mamas to get additional sleep
Specialized in the needs and wants of newborns, newborn educators teach mamas and their partners tips and tricks for developing a routine and caring for their little one at home.
A nutritionist can assist in optimizing a new mama’s dietary choices to help balance hormones; gain, lose, or maintain weight; and support postpartum health, especially if mama is breastfeeding.
Licensed counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists can help mamas navigate everything from the baby blues to postpartum anxiety to postpartum depression.
Licensed counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, and psychologists specializing in relationships, can help new mamas and their partners embrace their new family roles, communicate effectively, rediscover sexual intimacy, and navigate this new phase of their relationship — which can strain many couples — with more clarity.
A motherhood coach can help new mamas overcome overwhelm, gain confidence, find harmony in their identity as mama and self, and connect with their deepest intentions.
Especially helpful for career-oriented professionals or those mamas looking to re-enter the workplace, life coaches help mamas reconcile their professional aspirations with their personal and familial goals.
A health or wellness coach works with new mamas to find harmony between many aspects of their lives, from nutrition to lifestyle to career to relationships to being a new mama, with practical, actionable steps.