After the Child Birth
Delivering the baby is an exhausting and emotional experience.
Various physiological changes will happen in your body including hormonal changes and emotional changes. So even after delivering the baby you need that extra care which you were receiving during your pregnancy to restore to your pre-pregnancy health.
Post-partum care is very critical and essential in the first few days after delivery. Your obstetrician will give you enough guidance about your personal care as well as about your baby care.
Post-partum care for mothers includes monitoring and appropriate interventions for excessive bleeding, pain, and infection; guidance on breast care, breast feeding, newborn care practices, family planning, exercises & physical activity and also nutrition during breastfeeding; and counselling for health conditions such as postpartum depression, including emotional support.
Post-partum care for newborns includes immediate and exclusive breast-feeding, warming of the infant, health and hygiene of the umbilical cord, and periodic monitoring for health issues.
Talk to your obstetrician to know more about postpartum care.
Your Postpartum Checkups:
Six to Eight Weeks After Delivery
Most women will be on track by week 3-4,
You’ll have your final postpartum checkup with Dr Alexander. Take that opportunity to discuss your concerns if any and clarify various issues as the need arises.
Discussion regarding contraception and pap smear will also be done.
By six weeks, you should have stopped bleeding, pain free and back to normal everyday life. You will have some numbness still typically above the scar as the superficial nerves that were cut will regenerate not before 6 months.
It’s not uncommon for some women who deliver via Caesarean to feel guilty about the procedure. This occurs for both unplanned and planned operations.
Discussing the issue with Dr Alexander and explaining the reasons for the unplanned emergency C-Sections tend to alleviate those feelings.
The most important thing that you should remember is that both you and your baby are healthy.