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Postpartum Experiences Often Unexpected

Last Updated on Saturday, September 07, 2013

There is a growing emphasis on the need for monitoring and care for hypertensive moms postpartum for physical AND emotional needs. We asked our Facebook Followers these questions, in the wake of THE DAILY BEAST's recent article: "Why Are America's Postpartum Practices So Rough on New Mothers?"

  • Are the US's postpartum practices too trying on new moms?
  • What did you think of your postpartum experience?
  • What would you have done the same or differently?

We received multiple comments on Facebook and then set up a discussion in the Community Forum on our website. Many of you had both good and bad experiences during your postpartum period. For example:

I was lucky to have my mother in law's support for two months. Severe postpartum PE took nearly all the wind out of my sails.

I spent the 60 days after an emergency c-section under general anesthesia going back and forth to the NICU to visit my child. Restful, recuperative--no. So stressful.

We heard reports of going home from the hospital after preeclampsia and delivery only to have to return days later with postpartum preeclampsia. We heard reports of blood pressure becoming a chronic problem after delivery and concern over lifetime blood pressure challenges. And, there were reports of grief and depression. For example:

At my 2-week postpartum checkup, my doctor said everything looked fine. The very next day I was in the ER with kidney failure and congestive heart failure.

What's not fair is losing my baby due to severe preeclampsia and then not only do I not have a baby here with me, but now I have blood pressure issues. Constant reminder of my baby being gone because of preeclampsia. On top of high blood pressure has been everlasting depression.

One thing we know from the tens of thousands of posts made by participants of our Community Forum is that you really appreciate the support of others who have had similar experiences. Another thing we know is that you like the advice of other moms, not just medical experts. We recommend you visit the conversations in Ask the Experienced, and share your postpartum experience at Postpartum Experiences in the US: Are they too trying?

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