New Study Reveals That Six Months Maternity Leave Is Not Enough For New Mothers To Fully Recover

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald December 13, 09:55 am

Pregnancy is one of the most magical experiences women have to go through as they would be able to see another human growing inside their tummies. New mothers are given three to six months of maternity leave, but it was mentioned that the given time frame is not enough for a women's body to fully recover.

Most post pregnancy advice would usually mention that women can go back to work just after six weeks after giving birth as the body has already recovered. A new study emerged that women need a full year in order for their bodies to fully heal from pregnancy.

In a new study by Dr. Julie Wray from the Salford University in England, the six-weeks recovery period is unattainable and mentioned that new mothers need at least a year to fully cover from post-partum.

"The research shows that more realistic and woman-friendly postnatal services are needed," Wray  mentioned. "Women feel that it takes much longer than six weeks to recover and they should be supported beyond the current six to eight weeks after birth."

Wray and her team mentioned that physical recovery is only a small aspect when it comes to post-partum healing. Women do not only need physical recovery, but they also need mental recovery after pregnancy as well. Though most mothers would prefer to get back to work as soon as possible, it is important to secure full healing before going back to the daily routine at first.

Daily Mail explains that most hospitals are ready to discharge their patients just six hours after a mother delivers a healthy and normal infant, but it is suggested that both the mother and the child should stay at least 24 hours under medical care in case some unforeseen circumstances would take place.

As a mother, or a woman, how long should a mother's maternity leave be? Did you go through the struggle of post-partum hardships? Do let us know through the comment section below.

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