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top postpartum questions

What exactly is postpartum?

Postpartum is the time immediately following birth, divided into 3 stages, with the final stage lasting up to 6 months after birth.

What’s the difference between postpartum and childbirth recovery?

The terms are often used interchangeably. One way to look at it is: Childbirth recovery is part of the broader postpartum stage.

How long does childbirth recovery last?

Childbirth recovery lasts about 6 weeks. This varies considerably for each mom and depends on the symptoms.

How does c-section recovery differ from recovery from a vaginal birth?

Moms who give labor via c section experience many of the same postpartum symptoms as those who have a vaginal birth.

Moms who deliver via C-section are less likely to experience hemorrhoids or perineum pain postpartum. Both of these symptoms result from pushing during a vaginal delivery.

C section deliveries will give moms a scar from the incision which will be sore. There’s a small chance (~5%) of the scar becoming infected. If your incision is red, swollen, or leaking discharge, contact your healthcare provider.

What is a peri bottle?

Short for “perineal irrigation bottle,” a peri bottle is used to gently shower warm water on your vagina after going to the bathroom during postpartum. It’s a replacement for toilet paper, specifically designed for postpartum.

Hospitals often give one to new moms but they are poor quality. Most new moms have no idea what it is or why they need it. That's why a peri bottle makes for a great gift for new moms.

Why do hospitals give mesh underwear?

Mesh underwear is designed to hold large pads in place to help with postpartum bleeding. It’s disposable and is usually cheap.

That’s why we designed numa undies to be stretchy and comfortable, made specifically for moms.

What causes postpartum depression?

Changing hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, sleep deprivation, and the feeling of becoming overwhelmed by major life adjustments from having a new baby enter into your life.  

Baby blues, mood swings, and postpartum anxiety are all related but less severe.

Why don’t I hear much about postpartum and childbirth recovery?

Society overlooks postpartum and childbirth recovery because it is stigmatized. It isn’t fun to talk about, so we avoid it.
Plus, there's so much else to plan for (like taking care of a baby!). After mom gives birth, everyone’s focus shifts from mom to baby.

Where can I learn more about recovering from childbirth?

Check out numa’s Learn More page for other tips to help you recover from birth, both physically and mentally. Numa focuses on mom and her recovery so you’re in the right spot. We also recommend asking your medical provider for advice specific to you.

We’re here to help mamas. If you’re looking for pregnancy, baby, or parenting related resources, there are tons of other online resources.

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Size Guide

numa apparel is designed for pregnancy and postpartum, so we recommend going with the size you or the new mom typically wear. The fabric is stretchy which allows for comfort and sizing flexibility. 

If you are gifting and are unsure of size - we will provide a free apparel exchange to the recipient for any sizing issues! 


size hips
S/4-6 38-39"
M/8-10 40-41"
L/12-14 42-43"
XL/16-18 44-45"


Tank Top

size bust
S 36-37"
M 38-39"
L 40-41"
XL 42-43"