For most people, the postpartum experience is a mystery. We don’t realize the challenges, what it’s like, and – by golly – how long it lasts. I myself was shocked when I experienced it myself. I expected that since childbirth is a natural, normal process, its recovery would be simple, easy, and over by my 6-week appointment.
This, unfortunately, is not so. There are lots of struggles of varying degrees and kinds. It takes a while. Oh, does it take a while! Here are some other things that people don’t typically know about the postpartum experience: