Postpartum Care

Postpartum care is important during the days and weeks following a vaginal or c-section delivery. The first two to four days of postpartum care are in the hospital.  However, the majority of the postpartum period occurs at home, with one or two follow-up appointments scheduled in the six to eight weeks after giving birth. Most women are able to resume normal activities after this time.

Postpartum Care

Postpartum care is important during the days and weeks following a vaginal or c-section delivery. The first two to four days of postpartum care are in the hospital.  However, the majority of the postpartum period occurs at home, with one or two follow-up appointments scheduled in the six to eight weeks after giving birth. Most women are able to resume normal activities after this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Lower abdominal cramping especially while nursing. This is your uterus contracting and are often called ‘after pains’.  They seem to be more intense with each baby but do get better after a few weeks. 
  • Feelings of sadness. 70-80% of women experience some struggles with sadness in the first weeks after delivery. We call these the baby blues and should improve after a few weeks. 
  • This can be caused by pain medications or just from having a baby.  If you do not get relief from stool softeners, try Miralax daily until you get relief.
  • You can apply witch hazel or over the counter hemorrhoidal creams for relief.
  • Vaginal bleeding will continue on and off for 6 to 8 weeks. It is called lochia and has a bit of a sour odor.  There can be small grape sized clots.
  • If your postpartum bleeding is filling more than a pad per hour or you are passing blood clots larger than grapes.
  • If you have a fever greater than 100.5 degrees.
  • If the pain in your stitches seems to be increasing or you notice pus or bloody drainage from your c-section incision.
  • If you develop severe headaches, shortness of breath or pain with swelling in your legs.

We will check to make sure you are healing normally.  This will include a pelvic exam and perhaps a pap smear if you are due for that.  We will also discuss your birth control options as you resume normal sexual activities.

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