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Postpartum Care Specialist

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Women's Health Choice

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Virginia Beach, VA

Welcoming a new child into your family is an exciting time, but pregnancy and childbirth also take an enormous toll on a mother’s body. Postpartum care is an important part of the process and is available from Francine Olds, MD, of Women's Health Choice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Olds understands the unique needs of new mothers and works to help you move through the recovery process with ease. Book a one-on-one visit today, online or over the phone.

Postpartum Care Q & A

What is postpartum care?

Having a baby is such an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful. Not only do new mothers have to adjust to caring for a newborn, but they are also moving through a recovery process. 

Even a relatively easy childbirth experience takes a toll on your body. For women who had more challenging labor and delivery, the damage can be extensive. Your body needs time to heal, but the obligations of new parenthood often take center stage. 

Postpartum care is medical treatment to assist you as you recover from childbirth. Dr. Olds works closely with you to support you during this time of transition. 

How can I ease my postpartum experience? 

You can take steps to ease your recovery as you also adjust to caring for a newborn. One of the most important steps is to ask for help from friends, family, or your partner. Whether it’s putting the baby down to sleep, running the vacuum, or picking up some groceries, let those close to you pitch in.

You should also be sure to get the nutrients you need to thrive. Your body needs healthy foods to fuel the healing process. You’ll also need energy as you settle into a new parenting routine. If you’re breastfeeding, proper nutrition is even more important. 

Dr. Olds can also advise you on the best ways to lose the baby weight and get back into shape after your child is born. Jumping back into a fitness routine too soon or too aggressively can cause problems, so be sure to work with Dr. Olds to create a plan that aligns with your needs and goals. 

How do I know if I am experiencing postpartum depression?

Pregnancy and childbirth can also affect your mental health. Postpartum depression is more common than many women think, and it’s important to understand the signs. 

Some indications that you might be experiencing postpartum depression include:

  • Pervasive sadness
  • Insomnia
  • Unexplained bouts of crying
  • Feeling withdrawn from friends and family
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

Never hesitate to reach out to Dr. Olds if you experience any of these feelings. Postpartum depression is common and is also treatable. Far too many women feel ashamed of these feelings, but postpartum depression is a clinical condition that can happen to any new mother.  

Learn more about postpartum care during a one-on-one consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.