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Postpartum

Taking care of your newborn: tips for new parents

Congratulations on your new baby! Do not forget to schedule your postpartum care visit with your doctor. This will allow you to show off your beautiful baby and see how you are healing. You can also see how well you are coping with your new role as a mom. Make sure you go see your doctor within 21 to 56 days (3 to 6 weeks) after delivering your baby.

Your body and emotions after birth

What to expect after delivery

This is the day you have been waiting for! Your little bundle of joy is finally in your arms. During the first week after you have delivered, you will go through many physical changes and possibly, mental changes.

You may experience:

  • Bloody vaginal discharge similar to your period.

  • Stomach cramps as the uterus contracts.

  • Tiredness.

  • Pain when sneezing and coughing (especially if you have stitches).

  • Pain around the incision.

  • Pain sitting and walking.

  • Difficulty urinating for a 1 or 2 days.

  • Difficulty with bowel movements for the first few days.

  • General soreness, especially if pushing was difficult.

  • Bloodshot eyes and black and blue marks around the eyes, cheeks and elsewhere, from pushing.

  • Sweating possibly at night.

  • Breast pain, swelling, and tenderness about the third or fourth day after delivery.

  • Sore or cracked nipples, if you are breastfeeding.

To help ease some of the discomfort:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day to help recover from the labor and to reduce constipation.

  • Continue to eat foods with calcium to keep your bones strong.
    Talk to family members and friends about what you are going through.

  • Talk with your prenatal care doctor about the activities you can do.

Call your doctor right away if you have:

  • Bleeding that soaks more than 1 pad per hour for more than a few hours.

  • Fever of 101 degrees or higher.

  • Severe stomach pain, severe headaches, or visual changes that do not go away.

  • Frequent or burning urination.

  • Severe depression. See your prenatal care doctor 4 to 6 weeks after the birth. Postpartum care will help make your recovery quick and healthy.

We want to know when your baby is born. Call a Star Babies Specialist as soon as you can after the delivery. We have a gift waiting for you and your baby.

For help with making a follow-up visit, call Member Services at 832-828-1001 or toll-free at 1-866-959-2555, Option 4.