Congratulations on the birth of your baby! We are here for you should you need help with your postpartum care.
Some common postpartum questions with answers are listed below:
If you have had a vaginal delivery, you can resume your normal activities. Remember to restart any exercise program slowly. Walking is good exercise for you and your baby can accompany you in nice weather. If you have stitches, they should dissolve in approximately 4-6 weeks. A warm sitz bath can provide relief for itching and discomfort as the area heals. If after the first week the area becomes more painful, call the office.
All postpartum patients should refrain from sexual intercourse and tampon use until after the 6 week visit.
If you have had a c-section, you should not drive for two weeks. You may shower, however do not soak the incision area or take a bath. Avoid lifting greater than 15 lbs for 6 weeks.
You may resume your normal diet of when you go home from the hospital. Keep in mind that breast feeding requires approximately 500 extra calories per day along with increased water intake. You should continue your prenatal vitamins and DHA if you are breast feeding.
Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be used for pain control following delivery Your doctor may also have prescribed a narcotic pain control medication, which should be used as instructed. Driving should be avoided while taking any narcotic pain medication.
Contact Women’s Health Wise immediately if you experience increasing pain, redness, swelling or drainage from incision sites; red, inflamed area of the breast; temperature greater than 101.0°; nausea and vomiting; increased abdominal pain or bleeding of more than 1 pad/hour.