What to Expect After Birth

A birthing room
A birthing room
A birthing room
A birthing room

The first moments after the birth of your precious one will pass in a foggy haze; you’ve battled through an arduous labor (it’s never easy!), been injected with pain killers and have pushed out a baby.

You know you’ve grunted our your last push once you hear a tiny voice crying.

The doctor will then ask your husband if he would like to cut the umbilical cord; who would say no to that? After the new daddy cuts the cord, the doctor or nurse will put your naked baby in your bare chest for some skin to skin contact.  Apparently, this helps in the baby’s overall health and well-being.

The doctor will then stitch whatever is needed to get stitched down there (hopefully nothing, but there could be some tearing). Afterwards, the nurses will rinse your vagina and have you wear a maternity pad (you’ll continue to bleed for about 6 weeks, although it will taper)

The nurses will urge you to urinate and some hospitals may not let you go home unless you’ve had a bowel movement.

Your newborn will also have his/her first bowel movement called, meconium, within 24 hours of birth.  Meconium will be black, tarry-looking, and odorless.

Once the baby is born, you would think that the pain and suffering is finally over.  Unfortunately, the real pain and suffering has just started (of course, you will experience a lot of joy holding your new baby as well).  You will be very sore down there; walking and using the washroom will be painful.  Your toilet bowl will look like murder for at least the first week.  Having mentioned that, if you happen to soak a pad in just 30 minutes to one hour you would need to let the medical provider know immediately.

Giving birth for the first time is very hard and it is even more difficult because you undergo so many new changes.  You now have a baby and it is important now more than ever to take care of yourself so you can better take care of your new baby.  These tips will help you heal.

Bowel Movements Might Be a Problem

If you’ve had an epidural or any pain killers during labor, bowel movements might be a problem.  Talking about this might not be pleasant, but being constipated isn’t fun!

Make sure, and I mean MAKE SURE, to take stool softeners religiously until your bowels are back to normal. Being constipated is the last thing you need after the trauma you just had down there.  Keep in mind that painkillers will also cause constipation.

You’ll need to watch your diet; drink lots of water and eat high fiber foods

Exercise Helps Recovery

Spending time in bed after giving birth will be tempting, but you need exercise to help you heal.

Do some light chores, or go for a walk with your newborn.

Power Through the Initial Breastfeeding Pains

Breastfeeding will initially be painful, but just keep doing it. Seek help how to do it right, the pain will eventually go away in 3-6 weeks.  Use a nipple cream.  Jack Newman’s cream is prescription only but it works like magic, however, use this only when you really have to as this does contain a tiny amount of steroids.

Your baby is still all worth it.  Your suffering is only for a few weeks but your child will give you so much joy for the rest of your life.