Physical, Emotional &Amp; Sexual Needs - Goals
You have spent nine months preparing for your baby's birth. You have probably read every book, article, and website to make sure you were eating right, exercising at the appropriate level, and taking the necessary vitamins and supplements. Your preparation has paid off!
Goals: Diet, Nutrition & Exercise | Physical, Emotional & Sexual Needs
Physical, Emotional & Sexual Needs - Goals
Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your doctor, nurse or midwife all aspects of your physical health, including important conditions that may result from delivery.
GOAL: Thorough post-delivery health examBreast condition
Constipation Hemorrhoids Incontinence Healing below the birth canal
Talk to your caregiver about:
Emotional AdjustmentTake time for yourself
Get enough rest
Call on family and friends for help when needed to reduce stress
Consider joining a mothers' or postpartum support group
Ask your doctor or nurse about:
Mood swings or "baby blues" Symptoms of post-delivery depression
Strategies for preventing depression
Planning for hormonal shifts during weaning or when starting your period again
Inform your doctor or nurse if you have been feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, isolated, nervous, incompetent, or exhausted.
GOAL: Good health and well-being
Sexuality & Contraception
A lack of sexual desire is very common in the post-delivery period and normal during the first couple of months after giving birth. Every woman has her own timetable. Discuss your readiness to start having sex again with your partner.
Return to fertility is unpredictable and may return before the onset of regular menstrual cycles, even in breastfeeding women. Discuss family planning and the health benefits and risks of all appropriate contraceptive options with your doctor or nurse.
GOAL: Healthy sexualityKeep an open dialogue with your partner about your readiness for making love
Make time for cuddling and kissing to re-establish physical closeness
Ask your doctor or nurse about: Resuming sexual intercourse
Effects of breastfeeding or hormones on sexual desire
GOAL: Post-delivery contraceptionConsider whether or not you'd like to have more children.
Ask your caregiver about contraceptive options and the use of birth control prior to resuming sexual activity.