Recovery after childbirth
The postpartum period is a busy time. A time in which we are there to take care of you and let you enjoy the first few days with your newborn baby. Recovery after birth is very important and should not be underestimated. The speed of your recovery is dependent on your physical condition and the difficulty of the birth. We are prepared to deal with the care required to recover so you can get to know your child and become more adept at caring for your baby. Your maternity nurse will take over some of the household chores, guide you with the babies care and give tips and solutions.
After the birth, you not only need to recover physically, but also emotionally. The fatigue and emotions can cause you to become upset and emotional. If this happens it is called postnatal depression (PND).
Rest is part of recovery after childbirth
It is important during the postpartum period to rest adequately. You will have to recover and your baby will cause you to have some interrupted nights. So try to rest a couple of hours in the afternoon and set rules for visiting. Visitors can be fun and comforting, but also cost a lot of energy. Allow yourself to be pampered by your maternity nurse, because when she is gone you will have to do the majority of chores yourself. Even after the postpartum period it is important to take it easy and slowly get back into the rhythm of things.
The uterus and the recovery after childbirth
Your uterus extends up to your ribcage at the end of your pregnancy. Immediately after the birth of your baby it descends to the height of your navel. It will keep shrinking until the uterus is below the pubic bone and you can no longer feel it. Because the uterus is assuming its normal shape, you can get severe cramps during the first three or four days, as your uterus is contracting. Especially when you are breastfeeding, you may experience these cramps.
Breasts and the recovery after childbirth
You will notice that your breasts are bigger. This is because your breasts are starting to produce milk. Almost every mother will, usually on the third or fourth day after birth, experience milk ejection or letdown. It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t breastfeed. Breast engorgement can be painful. When you breastfeed the milk ejection will eventually stop, because the demand and supply between you and your baby will equalise. Wear a cotton nursing bra which fits comfortably. Of course it is important to drink sufficiently. If you bottle feed your child your milk ejection will stop, because your breasts aren’t stimulated to produce milk. If breast engorgement gives you pain then you can take paracetamol.