After nine months – not to mention a lifetime – of waiting, you did it! Your baby is finally in your arms. You’ve no doubt spent so much time thinking about this moment. But what about everything that comes next?
The first few weeks at home with your baby can be incredibly stressful. This is an enormous lifestyle change, and in addition to the emotional aftermath of childbirth, you have undergone a great deal of physical stress.
Your body has been through something incredibly intense – not just during childbirth, but throughout your entire pregnancy. It is common to wonder how long it takes to get back to normal, or when you can start re-incorporating physical activity back into your life.
These instructions are simple guidelines to help you through the initial period of transition from “mother-to-be” to “mommy.” We want you to take these few weeks and be good to yourself. After all, being healthy and well is the best gift you can give to your baby.
NOTE: Cut back activities if you feel discomfort. Do not be alarmed if your flow increases with activity even though bleeding may have already slowed.
Prenatal vitamins: Daily if nursing or as directed by your physician. NOTE: If blood count is good, one tablet daily is sufficient.
Pain medicine: Your physician may prescribe an analgesic if necessary, but usually Tylenol or Motrin is sufficient. NOTE: Be sure to consult with your physician about other medications you may be taking.
Vaginal flow: The first few days after delivery, flow is bright red. The amount of flow gradually decreases and by approximately four to six weeks, usually has stopped. When you are very active at home, it may increase and/or continue longer.
Continue to take sitz baths at home as needed. You may take either a shower or tub bath.
Limit activity to the care of yourself and your baby.
NOTE: The help of friends or relatives certainly is beneficial the first week you are home.
You may cook and do dishes, but a rest period morning and afternoon is advisable. You also may begin exercising.
NOTE: Cut back activities with discomfort and do not be alarmed if flow increases as activity does.
REMEMBER: It takes 6-8 weeks for the lining of the uterus to heal after delivery.
NOTE: Most employers expect you to be off six weeks postoperatively.
Prenatal vitamins: Daily if nursing or as directed by your physician.
NOTE: If blood count is good, one tablet daily is sufficient.
Pain medicine: You may take most pain medications safely, even if you are nursing. If antibiotics were administered in the hospital, you will need to complete the course of therapy at home.
NOTE: Be sure to take all the antibiotics prescribed so that infection will not occur.
Vaginal Birth - Be sure to call the office within a few days for an appointment to be seen in six weeks. If any problems arise, please call our office to determine if you should be seen sooner.
Cesarean Birth - Be sure to call the office before leaving the hospital for an appointment to be seen as instructed by your physician.
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