Our midwife gives her advice on how to recover after the birth of your newborn
By now your milk’s coming in and your breasts will feel rock hard. This is only for a couple of days and they’ll soon return to their normal state. You might leak milk (even if you’re not breastfeeding) and your blood loss will be heavy so you’ll have to change maternity pads throughout the day. Keep at those pelvic floor exercises, too, as you might have a bit of bladder weakness initially.
Unfortunately, this is also the day when your hormones go wacky and the baby blues can hit, so it might be an idea to avoid too many visitors, unless you thrive on having lots of company.
Your health visitor should contact you now as she’ll be taking over your care. You may only have had a couple of meetings, depending on your needs, but you should always have a phone number so you can contact her if you need to.
By now your blood loss will be very light, and your stitches should be feeling comfortable. It’ll be the tiredness that’s hitting home, so try to nap in the day when your baby sleeps.
“I was pleasantly surprised that my stitches didn’t hurt when I got up to go and have my bath. But I hadn’t realised that the anaesthetic hadn’t worn off, so it was a bit of a shock a couple of hours later when they really started to throb!”
Sally Richardson, 31, from Staines, mum to Jacob, 2 weeks
“Once I had Isabelle, I was really tired and a little bit out of it because I hadn’t slept for nearly two days, but the first time that you feel your baby on your skin is just the most amazing thing ever.”
Natalie Broomhead, from Leeds, mum to Isabelle, 12 weeks
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