Post delivery - your newborn baby.
Having a baby is one of the most emotional and physical journey's you can go through in life. Therefore you may feel tired for the first few days after giving birth, so make sure you get plenty of rest. Even just walking and moving about can seem like hard work. Dr Ferry has outlined the next few points to help new mother know what to expect after childbirth.
You hormones change dramatically during the first few days after childbirth so be prepared for the abundance of happiness to the weeping lows.
Your breasts will be larger at first and while you’re breastfeeding regularly. If you don’t intend to breastfeed from the start, you needn’t do anything. But on the third or fourth day, your breasts may be tender because the milk is still being produced. Wearing a firm, supportive bra may help. Your breasts will get smaller again in a week or so. Breastfeeding also makes the womb (uterus) contract. Because of this, you may sometimes feel quite a painful twinge in your stomach or period-type pain while you are feeding.
Your abdomen will probably be quite baggy after delivery. Despite delivering your baby, plus the placenta and a lot of fluid, you’ll still be quite a lot bigger than you were before pregnancy. This is partly because your muscles have stretched. If you eat a balanced diet and get some exercise, your shape should soon return to normal. The human body is amazing at recovering.
It’s quite common after having a baby to leak urine accidentally if you laugh, cough or move suddenly. Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent this. If the problem lasts for more than three months please give our rooms a call or your GP.
If you’ve had stitches after tearing or an episiotomy, bathe the area often in clean warm water to help it heal. Have a bath or shower with plain warm water. After bathing, dry yourself carefully. In the first few days, remember to sit down gently and lie on your side rather than on your back. Pelvic floor exercises can also help healing. If you see any sign of infection please call our rooms or your GP.
These will help to tone up the muscles of your pelvic floor and abdominal (tummy), and help you regain your waist. They will also get you moving and feeling generally fitter. There are many post natal classes Dr Ferry can recommend to you.
Dr Ferry will pop in a few times post delivery to check on you and your newborn baby. If you delivery is uncomplicated your hospital stay will be quite short and you'll be home in no time.
Dr Ferry will want to see you 6 weeks after having the baby to make sure everything has healed well and see how you & your partner are enjoying parenthood. Please call 9977 0581 to make this appointment.