Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! We have enjoyed being a part of your pregnancy. As with pregnancy, the postpartum period brings significant physical and emotional changes, and recovery from childbirth typically takes 6-8 weeks. We hope this information proves useful in your transition to motherhood, but if you have unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Showering daily will help make you feel better as you recover. Regardless of whether you had a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, avoid deep tub baths for at least 4 weeks postpartum.
Breast Care and Breastfeeding
Following are some signs of complications and you should contact your provider:
Many women experience a somewhat depressed or “down” feeling after their baby is born. This depressed feeling is influenced by the sudden change in your hormone levels. Being tired and fatigued will contribute to this feeling; and this is another reason to make sure you are getting as much rest as possible. If the “blues” hit you, get up and do something active, keeping your mind and body occupied until the feeling passes. Remember that this is a normal part of the postpartum period for some women. It does not usually last for a very long time and is usually mild. Should these feelings persist or if they seem overwhelming to you, please contact your provider.
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