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Now that you’re home, here are some tips to help you adjust to life with your newborn.
The postpartum period begins after the delivery of your baby and ends when your body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This normally takes 6 to 8 weeks.
While taking care of your new baby, you will go through many emotional and physical changes.
Get as much rest as you can too. We know this can be really difficult with a newborn, but take advantage of what opportunities you can, even if it means letting some other things go.
Eating well is important too. One big reason is that proper nutrition will help you heal.
And if you’re breastfeeding, because your baby’s nutritional needs will be met indirectly from your diet, make sure you’re getting enough nutrients for your body to put to use for both of you.
You should definitely ask for help from your partner, family, friends, support group – or any combination of the above. And don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you think your body isn’t healing properly.
When you return home, following these tips will to help ensure a smooth recovery from your cesarean:
Talk with your doctor about the type of incisions used for your procedure. Those details may play a role in your decisions related to future births.
As long as you take a little extra care and follow these tips, you should heal quickly and completely after a C-section.
Here are a few important tips to be mindful of with your new arrival:
putting a diaper on your baby, make sure you have all supplies within easy reach. It’s dangerous to leave your infant unattended on the changing table. Many children are injured this way every year.
You should give your baby a sponge bath until:
A bath two or three times a week in the first year is fine. More frequent bathing can dry the baby’s skin.
What to have on hand for the bath
Have these items ready before bathing your baby:
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