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Stephanie Grassullo
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This Photo of a Plate Shows Why Women Need Time to Recover After Giving Birth

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because a little R&R is a much-needed postnatal antidote.
PUBLISHED ON 10/03/2018

“Eight and a half inches is a pretty big wound. So, take the time to heal. Ok?”

Those orders come straight from Earth Mama Organics's Facebook page, which focusses on supporting females on their journey through motherhood. And with statistics like that, recovery time post-birth only seems natural. But for many women, alloting themselves this time isn’t as crystal clear.

The Facebook page shared an image of a plate, asking, “how big is the placenta-sized wound in your uterus after giving birth?” Under the question, a measuring tape runs horizontally across the plate, stretching all the way to 8.5 inches, with the answer, “this big” written below it.

The post is an eye-opener, and a simple way to explain the reality of childbirth not only to new moms, but to friends and family members of postpartum women. After giving birth, new mamas need time to recover and bond with their baby. The only way this is possible is if these ladies lean on their loved ones to help with the chaotic (but incredible!) transition into motherhood.

This period, which Earth Mama Organics refers to as “lying-in,” encourages moms of newborns to know when to ask for help. This may mean asking a friend to do the dishes, having your partner help cook meals or even having a family member watch your rambunctious toddler who isn’t quite used to sharing your attention just yet.

The post has been gaining lots of traction, with mothers new and old commenting to share their childbirth experiences.

“This is the reality of birth. Along with the vaginal or c-section wound, there is also a big 8.5-inch wound inside the uterus that needs to heal... Every mama needs lots of rest after delivery,” says one veteran mama.

“The way I explain to new moms to be prepared is to make sure they rest, because it took nine months to expand out. Everything is trying to go back into place in six weeks,” advises another.

The post caused a revelation for one mom of many, who shared “five babies and I never once thought about that! It really does explain a lot!”

“Seeing these types of posts is really helping me make peace with making sure I don’t overdo it the next time,” says another.

Giving birth is only half the job; recovery is the next—just as important—phase. Be aware of what postpartum recovery entails so you can stock up on products, tips and insight to help you through this period.