The FORTH Trimester

The Postnatal period is a critical phase in lives of mothers and newborn babies. Most maternal and infant incidences occur during this time, yet it is the most neglected period for the provision of quality care. The postnatal period is the first 6 weeks after childbirth. Some like to refer to this period as the 4th Trimester. Often, health care providers focus on what bodily changes occur during pregnancy, but education stops as soon as the baby is born and mom’s overall wellness fades to the background. During this vulnerable time, it is grounding to learn about the wide-range of emotional changes taking place.

The postpartum period is filled with hormonal shifts/fluctuations, healing from childbirth, sleepless nights, breastfeeding, caring for a newborn, and adjusting to your new identity as a mother. This is an overwhelming burst of change for any new parent to digest.

I am a trained and certified level 4 OCN (Open College Network London) Postnatal Maternity Nurse. I am also a Postpartum Doula passionate about this phase particularly because i know first hand how much of goodness it will bring you as new parents. Most of the tips i will hand to you are those that i was taught myself by my own mother and grandmother, taught as a woman amongst others in helping a new mother adjust and find her ground. Tips that my own grandmother still uses now that make such a difference straight after birthing your baby


Not all my clients are able to go with this period of confinement, but those that do, agree that when i have visited them and catered to their postpartum period they were on their feet quicker and felt more stable to carry on with normal life duties as well as tend to their families again. Postpartum rest allows the mother’s body to recover from the intensity of childbirth when hormone levels change dramatically, the uterus returns to pre pregnant size, milk production is established, and the perineum or caesarean section incision heals. 

Let us celebrate the mothers amongst us and support them to the best of our ability. In my native country Kenya, Your postpartum period begins at the third trimester of your pregnancy. It is at this moment we start to prepare for both birth and postpartum period, readying ourselves for the changes to come, preparing to transition between being pregnant and into being a new mother. 

The expectant mother would usually go back to her own parents' house or the in-laws' house for her mother/in-laws to look after her following the birth. 

As we exercise the FORTY DAYS Postpartum, I was equally very lucky my own mother could come to Amsterdam (back when we lived there) for three months each time to help me through the transitions of both my childrens' births.

Both my own births were different and each had its own ups and downs. Boy! was i glad i could be left alone with enough hands and encouragement the first forty days to recuperate because i definitely was NOT ready to meet everybody straight after.

It was all too much and I was glad they all understood and allowed us time to bond with our babies and together as a family before we could share our joys

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