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Post Childbirth Guide

Post Childbirth Guide

So your little bundle of joy is finally here! If you’re anything like most mums, you’re probably alternating between total elation and panic about what the next six months has in store – from tears of joy to tears of hormones. This is all to be expected though, try not to worry.

After the birth you will of course be exhausted, and women experience this in different ways. Some new mums feel completely over the moon, and others feel battered and depleted. You may have experienced tearing and bruising and you are likely to feel at the very least pretty sore. Add to that the rush of hormones and your moods are likely to be up and down. You may even be feeling somewhat depressed. Try to get as much rest as you possibly can – yes, it’s not easy with all that crying and feeding, but let your partner run around after you as much as possible. And if you’ve had a caesarean section, remember it’s a major abdominal surgery so you’ll need even more rest.

Remember that crying is your little one’s only real means of communication right now. Try to bear that in mind and stay as calm and patient as possible when she’s wailing into the night even after you’ve fed her, changed her and burped her. Also, some babies simply cry more than others so try not to immediately panic or blame yourself.

Some women find that they’ve been so busy worrying about pregnancy and the birth that once the baby comes they feel somewhat unprepared or else bombarded with all the different (at times conflicting) information they’ve been exposed to.

Mum Dad Playtime with Baby

Many couples therefore find it helpful to agree on a trusted source of guidance that can help them filter all this – perhaps your mum or mother-in-law or simply your GP or midwife.

At around 6 to 8 weeks post-birth you’ll have a post-natal check-up. Your doctor will want to know how you’re feeling physically and mentally, to make sure your recovery is progressing smoothly. If you’re experiencing any worries or problems, for example discomfort during sex or soreness from stitches, do let your doctor know.