Was your hardest part of pregnancy the fourth trimester? Today, we are talking about the postpartum period after the baby has arrived. We have enlisted an expert guest, OBGYN Dr. Christine Sterling, to help us navigate this crazy time! In this episode, Dr. Sterling breaks down all that encompasses this period of time. Mamas trust us, you will feel your postpartum experience was a normal experience as she speaks the truth to what really happens to us physically, mentally & emotionally. You will learn how to better navigate your body, brain, family, and relationships during this period of time, and feel inspired by the changes Dr. Sterling wants to make when it comes to women’s postpartum care.
What’s In This Episode:
- Christine’s personal experience with the fourth trimester & how that impacted how she treats her patients
- What the fourth trimester is
- The physical & emotional changes during this postpartum period
- What women should expect during that time
- The specific challenges you can face when breastfeeding
- The differences between the care women experience during pregnancy and postpartum
- What Christine tells mom to expect from the fourth trimester
- Her tips to help communication with your partner during the postpartum period
- Postpartum paternal depression
- What your expectations should be towards feeling like a mom
- The hormone shift you experience after giving birth and how it impacts your experience
- The new age baby showers
- What ideal postpartum care would look like
- Ways that expectant moms can prepare for postpartum
Dr. Christine Sterling, M.D is an award-winning Obstetrician and Gynecologist and mother who believes women deserve better.
Dr. Sterling obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Southern California, graduating summa cum laude. She then continued at USC for her medical degree where she fell in love with women’s health. Today she combines her passion for taking care of women with her drive to understand the mysteries of the brain and the mind-body connection. Dr. Sterling has been meditating since childhood and over the last decade has studied Buddhist, Transcendental and Mindfulness techniques. She is an expert in the cutting-edge science of the brain and well as the ancient Eastern philosophies of the mind. Her background in neuroscience and meditation plays a large role in her approach to women’s health.
Nowhere is this perspective more important, or more needed, than in the care of pregnant and postpartum women.
Dr. Sterling trained in both the traditional medical model of prenatal care, as well as the midwifery model at one of the most prestigious obstetric training institutions in the country, the University of Southern California. For her own pregnancy, Dr. Sterling studied a number of different birthing techniques and after 30 hours of unmedicated labor gave birth to a beautiful little girl. She supports women through medicated and unmedicated vaginal deliveries as well as unplanned and planned cesareans. She is passionate about ending birth shaming. She believes all mothers deserve to be honored regardless of how their births unfolded. Her unique training at USC as well as her personal experiences allow her to bridge the gap between the Western Medicine and holistic health care worlds and offer the best of both.
Beyond birth, Dr. Sterling advocates that all women receive preparation for the fourth trimester, a time of healing and transformation after birth, during their pregnancy. “From the very beginning of pregnancy women can be developing the skills that will serve them not only in birth but in the weeks and months that follow. Every woman should enter the fourth trimester supported and prepared.”
Dr. Sterling’s pregnancy philosophy is born of a deep passion for improving the lives of mothers. Her philosophy is rooted in science, backed by research, peppered with personal experiences and filled with love.
Connect with Christine:
“It’s the first 3-4 months after birth and it’s just this really intense time of transformation for the woman herself, her child, and if she’s in a relationship, that relationship and actually the whole family to some degree.” – Christine Sterling
“Part of the problem is that out there in the world in the mainstream this period of life, this newborn period is depicted as this love fest.” – Christine Sterling
“Everything changes in your life and that much change in that short of a period of time cannot be easy.” – Christine Sterling
“What I wasn’t quite expecting was the emotional impact of my body feeling so foreign to me and so out of my control.” – Christine Sterling
“In my ideal world, we would have just as much support for the postpartum experience as we do for the pregnancy experience.” – Christine Sterling
“For dads, first-time dads especially, they are running full force and they run into a brick wall and their life and their routine is different from day 1.” – Christine Sterling
“I don’t think people are purposely trying to hide their experience, the problem is they are not being asked about their experience.” – Christine Sterling
“Pregnancy can be this whole boot camp for parenthood but we completely neglect it.” – Christine Sterling
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