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#1 of 7 Old 08-26-2008, 03:40 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm curious how everyone feels about postpartum activity levels and types. I'm reading things that say not even to walk much for the first week, but I know that I that I was out shopping and doing things the day after my children were born. So it seems to me that this is rather strict and maybe a bit over protective. Then I see things that say you can resume activity as you feel comfortable as long as you avoid x,y, and z activities.

I ask because we made plans last year to go on a mini-vacation to the amusement park at the end of October. My baby is due in mid-October. Assuming she comes on time, is it okay to do something like that at 2 weeks postpartum. It'd only be a few hours from home. I'd be walking on and off most of the day, but know my limits and would rest if uncomfortable. Also, would any rides be okay (or any be off-limits). Every time I try to read about this online I get tons of information about the "postpartum EMOTIONAL roller coaster" LOL.

Any input would be great.
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I know I am the type of person to go stir crazy stying in after a birth and was out shopping early too, but the more I read about the sensitive, delicate postpartum period, the more I think the advice of lying in for at LEAST 8 days is completely spot on. I think if you can honor yourself and recovery in the early days it takes a shorter time to recover overall.

I would absolutely not plan on going to an amusement park at 2w PP. I do know we went to a wine festival when my second daughter was a week old, walking around, in the sun, etc., and between me and the kids we lasted about an hour. It was a family tradition to go, but we basically made an appearance and bailed. Though I guess it depends on how you're feeling, if your bleeding has stopped and you don't feel sore, it could probably be all right, but far from ideal IMO.

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I agree with the PP. In the practice I am apprenticing in, one of the questions my preceptor always asks women before the birth is "Who is going to help you for the first 2 weeks so that you can rest in bed and get to know your new baby?" (ie. who will take over housework, meals, help care for other children, etc). We know full well that most women probably aren't going to actually stay in bed for the full 2 weeks, but it gives something to aim for, and hopefully they can come somewhat close to it.

I would also keep in mind that an amusement park could be very overstimulating to a newborn...
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A pause in the routine of your hectic busy life is needed.

Running an errand, or going to a family party is vastly different than going on a family vacation to a amusement park 2 weeks postpartum.

Send the family and feel lucky you get to stay home alone and baby-moon with your newborn.
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It might be very hard to send your family without you, but that is what I would do. I had something very similar happen last month. I had signed up for a big work picnic / activity day with my entire family. This was a huge outing and one that I was so looking forward to. I had thought I would easily be able to attend because my other kids all came early, and I figured I would easily be healed by then. Unfortunately for me this baby came much closer to her due date then any of her sisters and I gave birth on Friday and the event was Sunday. As much as I wanted to go I decided to forgo the event and sent the family without me. I spent the day in bed snuggling my little one and the family all had a blast.
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I agree with PP ~ 2 wks is very early to be going to an amusement park with a newborn. I was in a similar situation with my 5th baby ~ he was not quite 2 wks when we had a company picnic to attend. I was really looking forward to it since we always have so much fun.....I sent my DH & the kids instead and stayed home snuggling with my baby. It was much easier on me, and even DH to not have me there. When he got home he did say he missed me but was glad we decided what we did since it was such a hot day too.

Now nothing says running to the store or a family party is out, but a big day like that will take alot out of you quickly! Resting I think would be pretty hard at a park like that given all the people ~ plus being a few hours from home is a pretty long car ride w/ a possibly overstimulated baby .

Talk to your CP though ~ I know my MW's would have freaked had I ever suggested something like this though

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I'll add my voice to those who advise taking it easy for a few weeks pp. After my last DD was born, I felt great, and at 8 days pp went to the renaissance festival to watch my older DD's dance troup perform. It was too much. I was exhausted, sore, weepy and passing big clots by the time I got home. Those precious first few weeks pass so fast... if i had it to do over again, I would have definitely stayed home in bed with the new baby.

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