Your nine months of waiting have ended. You have just given birth to your baby and now you are full of the wonder and excitement of caring for your newborn! No doubt - you are also full of questions. In the hospital, you had the nursing staff on hand to provide a lot of basic care such as care of the umbilical cord (belly button), bathing and feeding. There are daily classes to teach you many ways to care for your new baby.
Remember that your baby is not the only one who needs special care at this time. In the hours, days and weeks following your baby's birth, you may experience significant physical and emotional changes. The best way you can care for your new baby is to take care of yourself as well during this time.
What You May Experience Physically
Immediately following your baby's birth, your body will undergo a number of physical changes that will require special care. Below are some of the most common. Additionally, you will want to take good care of your body, so that you can more easily recover from the rigors of childbirth and labor. Be sure to schedule a postpartum followup visit with your health care provider approximately six weeks following your baby's birth (or whenever your provider recommends) and feel free to contact your health care provider for any concerns or questions you may have prior to that appointment.
What You May Experience Emotionally
Having a baby is typically a joyful time in a woman's life, but the physical demands and hormonal changes cause many women to feel like they are on an emotional rollercoaster. Be rest assured - you are not alone! Following is information on some of the most common emotional aspects of childbirth, plus when to seek additional help.
Resuming Sexual Intimacy
At some point following your baby's birth, you and your partner will want to resume intimacy, but may have concerns regarding your health, recovery, and birth control. Following is information on the most common concerns. Be sure to consult with your health care provider before resuming sexual relations.