Postpartum Health

Postpartum Health

Postpartum Health

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The days and weeks after giving birth is often a happy time, but it’s also a period of adjustment and healing for mothers. While you bond with your baby, you should also have a post-delivery checkup with your provider.

Your doctor plays an important role in the postpartum recovery period, or the first six weeks after your baby is born. It’s your chance to make sure you’re healing well and to ask your provider questions about your health.

Adjusting to everyday life after the birth of a baby has its challenges. It’s important to care for your baby, but it’s also important to take care of yourself. The good news is you will quickly get into a routine.

Here are some tips for an easier transition:

  1. Get plenty of rest. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps.
  2. Seek help. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help.
  3. Eat healthy meals. Increase your intake of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, protein, and fluids.
  4. Exercise. Your provider will let you know when it’s OK to exercise and what is safe for your healing body.

It’s normal to get the baby blues. Most new mothers experience mood swings or negative feelings right after giving birth. Baby blues are caused by hormonal changes. However, the baby blues are different from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression occurs when symptoms last for more than two weeks and requires medical treatment. If you think you are depressed or feel sad for longer than two weeks after giving birth, you can contact your provider or seek the help of a mental health professional. Other things to watch for are crying spells, feeling unhappy about being a parent, or loss of interest in things you normally enjoy. Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself or your baby are rare but should be addressed immediately. If you are having these thoughts, please contact your provider immediately or in case of emergency, please call 911 or go to the emergency room.

If you need any help (including finding a provider/mental health professional), please call us at the number on the back of your BCBSIL ID card. There is nothing to be ashamed of and we are here to help.

This information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a provider visit. Always talk to your provider about any health questions or concerns. Call and schedule your visit today.

Sources: American Pregnancy Association; March of Dimes; Stanford Children’s Health; Higuera, Valencia (2016, December). Recovery and care after delivery. Retrieved from leaving site icon