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The fourth trimester: What you should know

July 16, 2019


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Sarah Hudson
July 16, 2019

Thank you Dr Goldfarb for an informative article. As you say, by the first month PP, wounds would have healed, however, women during the 4th trimester are at their most vulnerable mentally.
Varying hormones , lack of sleep, pressure to breastfeed all amount to a very troubling mental state for some.
It is encouraging to see that the medical community is finally reconigizing how difficult the 4th trimester is for women.

July 16, 2019

At one time, women were able to stay in hospitals for up to a week after birth, recovering from any or all of the above, getting assistance w/caring for their new baby, etc.
Too expensive for most. Maybe some in home care would be helpful since hospital stays are now too expensive for most, although of course, it’s likely most people’s insurance wouldn’t cover it. And too many women have to return to work before they physically should.

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