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Care After Delivery

Care After Delivery

Caring for Yourself & Your New Baby

Congratulations! You have a new baby to care for! But it’s also important for you to remember to take care of yourself too. Your body went through many changes during pregnancy and there are still some emotional and physical changes yet to come. Here are the most common questions found on

Is heavy bleeding normal?

Bleeding is normal and means you are healing. The flow of blood should slowly become a lighter color and decrease in amount in 1 to 3 weeks after the birth of your baby. If you notice a fever over 100 degrees, are passing clots or clumps of blood, or increased discharge with a bad odor – call your health care provider.[1]

how do i take care of my episiotomy?

Stitches used to repair your episiotomy will dissolve, so they do not have to be taken out. To clean the area, rinse with clear warm water and blot dry – do not wipe the area.[1]

how do i take care of my breasts?

If you are breastfeeding, use only water to clean the breasts and nipples. Avoid soap or creams that contain alcohol or wear a clean, well-fitting bra day and night. If you are not breastfeeding, use ice packs for no more than 15 minutes at a time and do not empty the breasts by pumping or massage as this will make more milk come in.[1]

When will I get my first period?

If you are breastfeeding, your period may take several months to return. If you are bottle feeding your baby, your periods may return in 4 to 8 weeks. You may be able to become pregnant before your first period.[1]

what is postpartum depression?

Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others. 

Postpartum depression does not have a single cause and does not occur because of something a mother does not do, and without treatment, postpartum depression can last for months or years. But, there are effective treatments available. For more on symptoms, risk factors, and treatment, visit NIH: Postpartum Depression Facts.[1]

[1] For Baby’s Sake (n.d.). You and Baby. Retrieved August 15, 2022, from