Postpartum Care

Frequently Asked Postpartum Questions

What are the early changes I might feel after the baby is born?


Your uterus will begin to shrink during the next six weeks following delivery until it is about the same size as before pregnancy.

Some fluid might leak out of your vagina during the first three to seven weeks after you deliver. This fluid is red at the beginning and slowly changes to brown then yellow-white, before it stops. Sometimes cramps may be felt during this time.

If you are not planning to nurse, you may be given some medicine to dry up your breasts. Even so, your breasts might fill up and feel sore. Ice packs and a good supporting bra might help.

If you are nursing, more information will be given to you.

Sometimes constipation is a problem for the first few days. If so, your doctor can prescribe or recommend some safe medicine for this. Make sure you let the doctor know if you have this problem.

What about mood changes after I deliver?


It is not unusual for you and also the baby’s father to feel very emotional or even blue or depressed for the first few weeks after the baby is born. Many things might be getting to you. Your new baby is keeping you busy, waking you up at night. You may feel tired and may hurt in different places. You may feel uncomfortable taking care of the new baby. Your hormones are returning to normal levels as all these other changes are happening. Don’t worry. These “postpartum blues” should pass. Soon you can expect to feel much better. If you find things unbearable or the “blues” last longer than 2 weeks, this may be a sign of postpartum depression. Please let us know if this is happening.

What activities can I start to do?


This depends on how you feel. Your energy may be low over the first few weeks after the baby’s birth but you can begin to exercise or work a little at a time. If you build up your activities slowly you should have your full energy within a couple of months. Sexual relations can be resumed in a few weeks if it feels comfortable.

Some women may find that they are having problems with sexual relations even after a few weeks. These problems can include things like pain, just being too tired, or just not being interested. If you are noticing problems like these continuing past two months after you delivered, talk to your doctor or other health professional. Many women find it hard to talk about these things, but it is important to make sure there isn’t a medical problem causing the difficulty. If there is not a medical cause, often talking about it can begin to solve the problem.

When will my periods start again?


If you are nursing, your periods may not occur as long as you keep nursing. Don’t worry if your periods do start; you can continue nursing as usual. If you don’t nurse, periods usually start in one to two months. The first period may be a heavy one.

When should I return for a check up?


Sometime between three to six weeks after the baby’s birth, you’ll need to come in for a general check up which includes a breast and pelvic exam. This may be a good time to choose a method of birth control.

If you had a cesarean section, you will need to come in for a visit by the first week after you leave the hospital to have your stitches and surgery scar checked. However, if you notice redness, pain, or pus around the surgery scar, you need to let us know right away.

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