Postpartum Recovery Tips

Postpartum Recovery Tips
Posted on 10/18/2021

Adjusting to motherhood right after birth can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time! While it’s important to care for your baby, you also have to take care of yourself as well. Most new mothers don’t return to work for at least the first six weeks after birth. This allows you the time to adapt and form a routine and new habits. At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we are committed to providing high-quality care to women and girls everywhere in the Doylestown, PA area. Our doctors and staff are here to give you the resources you need to succeed as a new mother. Here are some tips that can help you as a mother.

Coping With Body Changes

Right after giving birth, you will go through body changes during the postpartum period. It takes time for your body to go back to normal.

  • Weight Gain- Weightloss won’t happen overnight, so be patient. Once your doctor gives you the approval to exercise, begin with moderate activity a few minutes a day to gradually increase your strength. Also, focus on eating healthy with balanced meals.
  • Breast Engorgement- Your breasts will fill with milk after birth. This is a normal process, but the swelling can be uncomfortable. To ease discomfort, apply a warm or cold compress to your breasts. Or use nipple cream to soothe cracking and pain.
  • Uterine Pain & Constipation- Your bowel movements will change. A shrinking uterus after giving birth can cause cramping. However, this should go away soon. For constipation, fiber can relieve hemorrhoids. Over-the-counter creams can also help. Ask your doctor if the pain worsens.
  • Vaginal Discharge- Vaginal discharge is normal 2-4 weeks after giving birth. This is how your body eliminates blood and tissue from your uterus. Follow your doctor’s instructions and do not use tampons or douche until they say so otherwise. If you have heavy vaginal bleeding, contact your doctor.

Adjusting to Motherhood

  • Sleep as Much as You Can- Since a baby has to be fed and changed often, you may experience sleepless nights. Try to get as much sleep as possible to cope with fatigue. Your baby may wake up every two to three hours for feeding. To make sure you’re getting enough rest, sleep when your baby sleeps.
  • Seek Help- Don’t be afraid to ask others for help from friends and family. Your body needs time to heal, and practical help around the home can help you rest. Friends or family can prepare meals, run errands, or help care for other children in the home.
  • Get Medical Attention When Necessary- If you think you’re experiencing postpartum depression, seek medical care. Symptoms can be mood swings, irritability, and restlessness. Contact your doctor for help.

Come to Doylestown Women’s Health Center For Help!

If you need help, care, and/or resources, contact us at Doylestown Women’s Health Center today! Our doctors and staff provide comprehensive, holistic care to girls and women everywhere. Our center in Doylestown is the premier place to get women’s health care services. If you have any questions or concerns, call or email us today! We are happy to help you with anything we can!