The postpartum period lasts for approximately six weeks after giving birth while a woman’s body, hormone levels, and uterus size return to a non-pregnant state. The post-partum period can bring about newfound joys, emotions, and experiences with your new baby. For some women, it can feel like they are riding an emotional roller coaster with many highs and lows in rapid oscillation. It isn’t abnormal to feel this way, and however you may feel your provider at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center will be there to help you get through the post-partum stage as comfortably as possible as your body returns to a more stable baseline. You have a lot to look forward to with your new baby!
Your provider will assess the physical health of both the newborn baby and the mother after giving birth and provide treatment if needed. Common symptoms that a mother may experience after delivery include constipation, hemorrhoids, vaginal soreness, generally muscle soreness, and more. Your provider can provide relief with appropriate medications if necessary and/or desired. When you first return home after giving birth, your provider will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of yourself and your baby.
Typically, after delivery patients will be advised to:
Nursing your newborn can be a special bonding time between you and your baby. It may take some time for you and your baby to find the best feeding times, and finding a breastfeeding method that is comfortable for both you and your baby may require patience.
The health benefits of breastfeeding your baby are well known and thoroughly documented. Benefits include:
Our providers are happy to help you if you and your baby are experiencing trouble breastfeeding, or if you have any breast problems such as pain, redness, fever, and cracking nipples. Don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule an appointment or to speak with an advice nurse.
Postpartum depression and postpartum blues are relatively common in mothers during the postpartum period and can happen to any woman. Women experiencing postpartum depression or blues may feel helpless in their ability to raise a child, intense anger towards their newborns or partners, sadness and despair, and psychotic episodes in very rare cases.
Our providers offer expert medical care and advice for getting through this tough time. While symptoms of postpartum blues can be very intense, it is important to remember that they generally pass within one to two weeks. Postpartum depression is characterized by the resilience of symptoms over an extended period of time. Available treatments for postpartum depression include antidepressants, support groups, and talk therapy with a professional. If you think you may be experiencing postpartum depression, your provider at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center will work with you to find a treatment that works best for your individual symptoms and lifestyle.
Below is a list of helpful links to help educate yourself and your partner about the postpartum period: