I'm really curious if there have been any studies of this.
I had DS in a hospital with CNMs - a group of 3. 2 I loved, one I loathed. Thankfully, I had one of my favs for birth, but the dreadful one was on call the next day & talked to me about PP care - and she did a dreadful job. Honestly, I can't recall what, if anything, she said on the "take it easy, lest your lochia increase" issue.
Instead, she discussed PPD in excessively grave tones while I literally fought the urge to suppress a grin. (I'd had a fantastic birth & was on cloud 9. I was literally fighting to suppress my smiles because I know PPD is a serious issue & I thought it was inappropriate to grin. But I didn't feel too at risk for it just then. Although, intellectually I understand it's still a problem & could still affect me in the future.)
She also lectured me
on birth control in a condescending & belittling way. Um, yeah, I was 31 years old at the time, had been married for 5 years, this was my first baby, a planned pregnancy. I think I know that, uh, if I have sex without using some form of contraception, I'm likely to get pregnant again.
Seriously? Like I don't know this little fact that sex leads to pregnancy.
This is all I remember of PP care 'instructions' from this MW.
(Well, & she mentioned the risk of mastitis since I was BFing. No discussion of much more common BFing problems like cracked nipples or supply problems.)
I remember my Bradley teacher basically saying, "If lochia increases, you're doing too much." & I interpreted that to mean, "If you go for a walk and lochia does not increase
, you're fine!
You're good to go."
I was really active. I remember walking around the park with DH & DS when he was 4 days old. I strolled the neighborhood with him repeatedly starting from about a week old. I even took him to the grocery store & cooked a lot when he was about 10 days old & DH returned to work.
But my lochia was super, super light. I moved from heavy duty pads to panty liners within maybe 8 days. I didn't even need a panty liner after about 2 weeks, maybe 3 at the most.
All this being said, and knowing what I know now, I DO think I'll take it much easier after baby #2.
Q on pelvic organ prolapse - can you sorta feel it coming? By that I mean, if pelvic organs are beginning to drop, could you feel it so that you could back off, lay down more, and maybe reverse it? (Whereas I presume if you continue to be super-active, you'd make it worse.)