You have just done this amazing thing! Now to balance taking care of this new tiny human being, and yourself. Transitions can be hard and this transition is big! Having a plan set in place for self-care is so important. Too often in our culture, we are so used to being on the go and working nonstop, it is hard to slow down and get the rest your body needs.
Many other cultures have times of rest that are observed, for good reason. It does not matter if your birth went smooth, or if you faced challenges, if you have stitches or not, or experienced a surgical birth, your body has just faced a transformative change. Every type of birth requires postpartum rest and recovery! It took around 10 months to create and grow this new life, know it will take time to recover from birth, on average 6-8 weeks to feel back to yourself. Most importantly, if you have any questions or concerns about your body do not hesitate to ask, you know your body best.