• Julie McKay, FCPI

Observational Challenges Postpartum



Having a new baby is simultaneously exciting and exhausting. Charting postpartum can have its challenges. How can you fit in observations when life is so hectic? Here are some tips for the new mom life.


1. Put a baby sticker on your toilet seat. If you're having trouble remembering to do the observations, this can serve as a handy reminder. If you weren't charting during pregnancy, it can be difficult to get back into the habit of making observations again.


2. Write down your observations as you make them. If you're struggling to remember what you've seen at the end of the day, it's helpful to write each observation down as you go. You can jot them down in a notebook in your bathroom, in your phone's notes app, or on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. Then you can clearly see the most fertile sign of the day and the corresponding frequency.


3. Wipe before you sit down. If you're struggling with urgency, wiping before you sit down can really help you not miss that important before urination observation.


4. Enlist your husband to help. He can help you remember to do observations as you pass off the baby to use the bathroom. He can also help you remember to chart at the end of day. Two minds are better than one when it comes to remembering to chart at the end of the day. I always encourage husbands to do the charting, and this can take one small thing off your plate to lighten your load.


5. Remember that taking care of yourself is important. It's ok to set the baby down in a safe place to take care of your own needs. If you can find support in this transition time, it can greatly help.


Be gentle with yourself. The postpartum time is full of transitions. You may be struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety. It make take some time to get back into the habits of observation and charting. Give yourself grace and a healthy dose of self compassion. Your practitioner can help you with more tips if you are struggling with observations or charting. We are here to support you in all stages of your reproductive life.


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