Despite all the anticipatory parenting done about your newborn
before conception and during pregnancy, despite weeks of feeling movement within
and wondering about your baby, despite months of having strange dreams,
worrisome thoughts, about what kind of parent you will be, when you have your
newborn baby in your arms and call yourself mother or father, mama or
papa, mum or dad, you know that life will never be the
same again. Another human being is now dependent upon you for survival. More
than anything else, you want to be the best parent possible.
Becoming a good parent means much more than knowing a lot about babies. Ask pediatric doctors or nurses what it
was like for
them to be new parents. They will tell you that all their knowledge about
was not enough to keep them from being overwhelmed by their own babies. All new
parents feel the same way. All new parents work at knowing, understanding, and
loving their babies. Your baby will work just as hard at learning to know,
understand, and love you. This is the process of bonding work that
parents and babies do together to form a deep and ever lasting love. It is what
becoming a family is all about.
Some tips for YOU MUM after your
newborn baby is born.
When you are in hospital the day after birth, you may ache all over from
the work you did in labor. Your arms and legs may be sore from pulling back on
your legs while pushing out your newborn baby.
achy legs are normal, tenderness, pain,
or warmth in your calves and swollen or reddened veins are warning signs that
you should report to your doctor or midwife immediately. The affected leg should not be massaged.
Joints that relaxed in pregnancy to allow for
the newborn baby's growth and birth will return to their pre-pregnancy condition within
several weeks of birth. Many mums, however, feel that the rib cage and pelvis
remain slightly expanded for the rest of their lives.
are relaxed after birth, so the abdomen is soft and still rounded. All mums have some degree of separation
of the abdominal muscles, which lessens with exercise.
Any stretch marks you have will seem more
obvious after your newborn babyis born than before. Although stretch marks never completely
disappear, they fade to silvery white lines in the months after childbirth.
Darkened areas of the skin, such as the areola and the linea nigra, a dark line
from the belly button to pubic bone, may tighten but may not completely fade.
Many mums note
changes in their hair after birth-most commonly, hair loss. This is because pregnancy hormones
stimulate hair growth. With the drop in these hormones, the extra hair that grew
in pregnancy will fall out. This begins around three months after birth and
usually ends within a couple of months.
the most common feeling of new mums
after your newborn baby is born is that of being bone-tired. This seems
especially true of mums who have just had their first newborn babies. Often,
fatigue is combined with such excitement in the first days that sleep is
difficult. The usual aches and pains of the early postpartum period can make it
even harder to sleep. But beyond the first few days after birth, most mums find daily naps are essential to their
Some tips for mums
with a newborn baby and a cesarean.
Each mum recovers in her own unique way after
cesarean birth, just as after vaginal birth. Pain medications can help during
the first few days (the medications given are considered safe during
breastfeeding). The nurses will assist you in getting up the first time,
learning to cough or huff to keep your chest clear, dealing with the gas that
surgery, and learning to hold your baby in ways that are comfortable
for you. If assistance is not available when you need it, press your call button
and ask for help.
All new parents
can benefit from assistance at home after newborn babies birth, but for a mum who has had a cesarean birth such help is
essential for at least the first week. Not only are you undergoing a
transformation to a nonpregnant state and learning to care for your new baby,
you are recovering from major surgery. Adequate help, allowing you to rest often
during the day, can make a great difference in how quickly you feel strong and
well. Taking care of yourself and your newborn baby should be your only duties until you
feel ready to take on more.
These activity restrictions are usually
not climbing stairs as long as possible.
Don't lift anything heavier than your baby for the first two weeks.
Get help to do laundry, vacuuming, and other tasks that require
bending, lifting, or pushing for at least the first few weeks after
birth. Then resume such work gradually.
Do not drive a car for the first two weeks.
Take showers instead of tub baths until the incision is completely healed and
dry.Use the hair dryer to dry your incision.These are only tips so ask your doctor or midwife for specific
instructions on the care of your incision.
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