What do my grandmother’s dinner rolls have in common with postpartum rehab?
Every year for Thanksgiving, I try to make my great-grandmother’s rolls. And every year, I miss the mark. They are really simple, really delicious dinner rolls. I have the recipe, but I never can quite get it the same as she used to make them.
The interesting thing about this is my great-grandmother was blind. She did all of her recipes by feel. And I think it’s a fantastic analogy for working with postpartum women. What women are looking for is the recipe. If they do X, they will have Y outcome.
The recipe just doesn’t exist (sorry, not sorry.)
I have about 18 years of working on this recipe and it’s always a little different. And that’s the same answer for postpartum recovery. If we go in looking for a framework instead of a recipe, if we go in with the mindset of starting with the basics ingredients and the willingness to adjust based on circumstances, we will get better results.
There is no recipe that works for everyone.
So many “ingredients” are in play with postpartum recovery: genetics, socio-economic status, nutrition, sleep, environment. SO MANY VARIABLES before we even get to pregnancy and delivery!
And then we have to take into account what your goals are. Are you wanting to be able to walk around the mall (are those still a thing?) or are you wanting to run 90 miles a week?
There are so many opportunities to tweak things, even with simple ingredients, the number of outcomes are limitless.
There’s no one like me! There’s no one like YOU!
Find the framework that allows for flexibility to work with your specific ingredients.
Let’s encourage more teamwork, more problem-solving, more collaboration around this framework. And then let’s see where we get. I’m excited about that!
If you have questions about anything pregnancy or postpartum, always feel free to DM me! I’m the one who answers them and I’m here to be a resource for you!