I have a little soapbox about this, I guess!
I am a person that after I have a baby I am white, weak and faint easily. Since I am a person that hates that, it is hard for me, especially when I see people who are up and back to work right away.
But who are the ones that are the better for it? Are the ones that get right back up and at their work or the ones who are forced to rest longer?
I do not have any grand statistics, but I do know that I have been told by older women that the better we care for our bodies after we have baby,the better health we will have later in life. I don't know that for sure, but it makes sense.
I had to realize there was a huge wound inside and even though I could not see it, I was not doing any favors to my family by getting up and around too soon.
What is too soon? Well, we all know it taks 6 weeks for our uterus to get back to size, I think I would prohibit activities for at least that long. I try not to leave the house ever for at least 2 weeks, staying mostly sitting during that time.
I try to make things easier on myslef by doing things to ease life before the baby is born so this can be possible.
I think preparing your family for the fact that Mom/wife is going to be down for awhile helps.
Sometimes I have had the tendancy because I do not feel so well, not to eat much after the initial 2 weeks or so. I am tired, but not strong enough to be cooking. People don't think that you may need help after that, but I thinkt hat is when it is easy to over do. When your baby is 4 week, you are feeling good from all the rest and you decide to clean closets! You are so tired by the end you are sick.
So, I guess with this, I am saying take care of yourself and rest after a baby so you can take care of your family better later.
It is hard during the time, but important!