Postpartum care: What to expect after a vaginal delivery
Your newborn may be your top priority — but postpartum care counts, too. From vaginal soreness to urinary problems, here’s what to expect as you recover from a vaginal delivery.
Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you might have guessed, and it doesn’t stop when the baby is born. Here’s what to expect after a vaginal delivery.
If you had an episiotomy or vaginal tear during delivery, the wound might hurt for a few weeks. Extensive tears might take longer to heal. In the meantime, you can help promote healing:
- If sitting is uncomfortable, sit on a pillow or padded ring.
- Use a squeeze bottle to pour warm water over your vulva as you’re urinating. Press a clean pad or washcloth firmly against the wound when you bear down for a bowel movement.
- Cool the wound with an ice pack, or place a chilled witch hazel pad between a sanitary napkin and the wound.
- Take pain relievers or stool softeners as recommended by your health care provider.
While you’re healing, expect the discomfort to slowly improve.
Contact your health care provider if the pain intensifies; the wound becomes hot, swollen and painful; or you notice a pus-like discharge.
You’ll have a vaginal discharge (lochia) for a number of weeks after delivery. Expect a bright red, heavy flow of blood for the first few days. The discharge will gradually taper off, becoming watery and changing from pink or brown to yellow or white.
Contact your health care provider if:
- You have heavy vaginal bleeding
- The discharge has a foul odor
You have a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
You might feel contractions, sometimes called afterpains, during the first few days after delivery. These contractions — which often resemble menstrual cramps — help prevents excessive bleeding by compressing the blood vessels in the uterus. These contractions tend to be stronger with successive deliveries. Your health care provider might recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Contact your health care provider if you have a fever or if your abdomen is tender to the touch. These signs and symptoms could indicate a uterine infection.
Hemorrhoids and bowel movements
If you notice pain during bowel movements and feel swelling near your anus, you might have hemorrhoids — stretched and swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum. To ease any discomfort while the hemorrhoids heal, soak in a warm tub and apply chilled witch hazel pads to the affected area. Your health care provider might recommend a topical hemorrhoid medication as well.
Baby name meaning, are you wondering about how you pick a name if you’re not using a family name? What are some popular and unique baby names? This was so hard for me, I struggled with how to decide? I had a two names in mind and waited until I met my baby. How are you going about this? Here are some different baby names in This Article full of ideas.
Curious about most popular names in NY here the list of top 100 from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in New York. All data are from a 100% sample of our records on Social Security card applications as of the end of February 2016.
Here is a peek at the top 10 so far this year.
1 Liam Olivia
2 Jacob Emma
3 Ethan Sophia
4 Noah Isabella
5 Michael Mia
6 Matthew Ava
7 Mason Emily
8 Joseph Charlotte
9 Lucas Madison
10 Daniel Abigail
Very often, when a mom is suffering from these symptoms, it can be very isolating. Reaching out for support or talking to others isn’t always easy while feeling this way.
It can be mild or extreme…it can come before, during or after pregnancy…it can be anxiety or depression…but what it cannot be is anyone’s fault. Commonly known as Postpartum Depression, it afflicts 1 in 8 new moms.
The Blue Dot Project aims to bring it out of the shadows.
A postpartum doula is a supportive sensitive experienced helper with the day to day practicalities of parenthood until you feel better. In NYC Contact Ruth at Doula Care to set up for a doula to be your extra pair of hands helping you with the baby. Learn about the signs of postpartum depression/anxiety mood disorders
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A wonderful new book that promotes an age old concept, caring for women after they give birth. A Postpartum Doula fills that role for many families.
The “doula” is a Greek word that has come to mean “one who serves or Mothers the new Mother” caring for new families and nurturing them after the birth. Postpartum Doulas are different than a baby nurse. We’re a postpartum service for families who want to take care of their newborn, but need nurturing care for their families, themselves and their household. And to learn and be supported breastfeeding and how to care for a newborn.
Doulas never interrupt the bonding of a new family.
With so much change occurring Postpartum Doulas can help ease the transition with non-judgmental supportive care, supportive by helping with the newborn and breastfeeding or by simply preparing you a cup of tea and something nourishing to eat and giving you a chance to talk about your new mothering concerns.
As experienced postpartum doulas we teach new parents how to read and understand sleeping and feeding cues.
Parents misread their baby’s sleep cues by trying to keep baby interested and engaged not recognizing baby is showing them “sleep cues”. Newborns only have brief wakeful periods after feeding (about 30 minutes)
Most newborn babies (under 8 weeks) are not wakeful for very long. Although it varies by baby, newborns stay awake naturally no longer than 45 minutes, about an hour or so closer to 8 weeks.
Instead of rocking the baby to sleep, or laying the baby down, parents start rattling toys in a baby’s face, passing the baby around to different people, and then you then have an overstimulated cranky baby hard to console!
Some easy to read sleep cue signs in a newborn :
Losing interest in people and toys
Making jerky movements (in small babies)
Becoming very still (these babies relax and fall asleep easily)
Clenching her fists into tight balls
Rubbing her eyes and ears and fussing
See more at: www.bellybelly.com.au/baby/baby-cues