After labour – mums share their advice

You’ve had your baby but what about afterwards? Mums offer their advice and tips on after the birth…

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For post-birth comfort

“I had a c-section, so I had a bit of a sore tum at first. I found drawstring tracksuit bottoms were comfortable, especially across my scar, as I could do them up as loose as I needed, and tighten them as my tummy shrunk and my scar healed. Mine cost a few quid from Primark so didn’t break the bank.”

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Jenny Hallington,24, from Devon, mum to Rose,2months

For exhaustion after birth

“Keep your energy levels up in those first days after giving birth by eating well. I was in hospital for a few days after having Zoë and the day after she was born, my partner Tim smuggled in a delicious veggie lasagne and a big slice of chocolate cake. It really perked me up!”

Wendy Parker, 36, from London, mum to Zoë, 8 months

For soothing stitches

“I tore when I gave birth and had to have stitches. Exposing them to the air was the best way to soothe them when they felt uncomfortable. I sat on an old towel on my bed for 10 minutes a couple of times a day which cooled the area down a treat.”

Kirsty Joy, 33, from Plymouth, mum to Abigail, 3 months

For recovery after a c-section

“I had an unplanned c-section and it was a shock afterwards when I found things like bending down difficult. It was hard to even get my usual slippers on, so my partner bought me a cheap pair of backless slippers that I could pop on easily. It sounds simple, but it was a treat to be able to do something for myself.”

Karen Smith, 31, from Rugby, mum to Amber, 2 months

Preparing to leave the ward

“I was in hospital for two days after I had my first baby and when I left the warm ward I was so cold! I wasn’t prepared for being outside at all. With my second baby, I made sure I had lots of layers on, including a vest, T-shirt, jumper and body warmer , when I left. I felt much more cosy.”

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Sarah Green, 35, from Surrey, mum to Gina, 3, and Rose, 2 months

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