You’ll Get the Shakes.
Don’t be surprised if you feel jittery after the birth.
This is normal, has nothing to do with being cold. Rather, the shakes occur from the immediate hormonal shifts that occur after delivery. They might also be a reaction to the anesthesia or an endorphin release.
Don’t worry; they’ll go away within a few minutes or, at most, a few hours.
Stitches Down There
Episiotomies aren’t a routine procedure, sometimes you might need a few stitches for vaginal tearing.
Baby Might Not Be Interested in Breastfeeding immediately.
During this time, skin to skin contact is very important to help initiate bonding for both baby and you. Take this time to look at your baby, smell, kiss, cuddle your baby.
There Will Be Blood!
Labor and delivery a messy endeavor. In the early days postpartum, it’s normal to experience large amounts of bleeding after you’ve been sitting or lying for a while, as well as a gush that can happen while breastfeeding. It’s also normal to pass some large clots in the 24 hours after delivery. All of this tapers off at a decreasing rate, similar to a period — for about four to six weeks after delivery.
After delivery, the uterus shrinks from the size of a large watermelon down to the size of a cantaloupe, Oxytocin helps this process by causing uterine contractions, and the shrinking of the uterus continues for 6 weeks.
Ice packs. Your Postpartum doula knows all the tricks for using an ice pack. Especially if you pushed for a long time you need ice packs help numb any discomfort and bring down the swelling. This can be alarming — the labia can triple in size (which is temporary).
Sweating quite a bit during the first few weeks post-baby. Tremendous night sweats are normal, that’s because your body’s estrogen drops massively — and the change in hormones upsets your body’s temperature regulation.
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