After having a baby, it’s easy to forget that you still need self-care. It takes time to heal, regardless of natural delivery or by C-section. Schedule a postpartum visit with your doctor two to six weeks after giving birth. Your doctor will discuss the recovery process, infant feeding, potential birth control choices, and how you’re doing emotionally. If you have questions since you brought your child home, now is a fantastic opportunity to talk to your doctor. With that said, there are cases when you must not wait until your postpartum checkup. Calling your doctor with worries will enable you to get help right away. If you encounter heavy bleeding org big blood clots, painfully swollen and red legs, severe migraine, fever over 100.4, or a wound that doesn’t heal, that is cause for concern. If you develop chest pains, seizures, or breathing issues, go to the emergency room immediately.
You will need to limit your activities and give yourself some time to recover after giving delivery. Get as much rest as possible. Concentrate on caring for yourself and the baby during your first week at home. You’ll recover more quickly as a result, and depression will be less likely to strike. Limit visitors and let yourself take regular naps and unwind while you recover. Until your doctor gives the all-clear, avoid exercising. It is recommended to start slowly when you do begin exercising. Don’t carry anything heavier than the infant for the first week or two after a cesarean section. A six-week pelvic rest regimen includes no intercourse, sex, or tampons. If you had a vaginal delivery, you can drive after you’re pain-free and feel comfortable. After a vaginal birth, remember that baths and showers are safe and may ease discomfort.
You’ll suffer from lochia. It frequently has an odor and may be any hue. This will continue for the anticipated four to six weeks or until the uterus has recovered. Your vaginal region could be puffy or painful if you suffered an episiotomy or tear. External stinging from urination is possible, but it should go away within a few days. Two to three warm tub baths or sitz baths daily can ease pain and hasten recovery. TUCKS, medicated cooling pads, are available without a prescription and may be used to relieve hemorrhoids or sutures. There is no need to remove the sutures since they will fall out on their own. Don’t worry if you see a stitch or knot come undone.
Eat many fresh fruits and vegetables and drink more water than average. If you are nursing, increase your calorie intake by 500, and be sure to have eight to ten glasses of water per day. After giving birth, constipation might occur. Buy stool softeners and fiber supplements, no prescription needed. Urinate often to stave against bladder infections. Call your doctor if you get burning or discomfort when you urinate.