Postpartum and Lactation care are more important than many people realize. A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes when she is pregnant and will continue to change after she has given birth. Even though postpartum care tends to only last about six weeks after a woman gives childbirth, there are many changes in the body that directly affect her hormones. These changes make postpartum care an essential part of every woman’s health plan.
Every new mom is going to go through physical changes as well as emotional changes, making a focus on postpartum needs an essential part of a successful recovery. There a number of healthcare elements covered by your OB provider at the 6 weeks postpartum exam, so it is highly recommended.
Adjusting to life after giving birth to a baby is going to be both exciting and challenging. While new mothers will definitely experience a number of new changes during this particular time, mothers who already have children will also be experiencing changes, too. Physical changes that tend to occur when new moms are recovering from childbirth can include vaginal bleeding that lasts for about two weeks, contractions/cramping, sore breasts (from producing milk) and thinning hair.
Postpartum care involves making sure that the new mom:
- Gets plenty of rest
- Gets any help she needs and when she needs it
- Makes healthy eating choices
- Gets a good amount of exercise everyday
Postpartum care depression
There is a difference between postpartum depression and postpartum blues. Those who are suffering from postpartum depression need to understand that it is not their fault. The physiological/hormonal changes to the body after childbirth are the reason behind postpartum depression. This makes postpartum care especially important for new moms who are experiencing at least one of the following feelings after giving birth:
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Mood swings
- Sadness or crying for no apparent reason
Feeling any of the emotions above can be completely normal unless they begin to interfere with the new mom’s quality of life. Seeking professional advice can be extremely beneficial when it comes to understanding and potentially finding a solution for postpartum depression. Diagnosing postpartum depression is essential to the overall health and well-being of a new mom and her baby.
Breastfeeding is highly encouraged and supported for you and your newborn. Baby Friendly breastfeeding education will be given to you throughout your pregnancy at Dr Stillson’s office. Our staff has been specially certified in breast feeding care and will help you through this process. A Lactation consultation will arranged for you if needed. Our favorite online resource for breastfeeding support can be found here.
Newborn care in the hospital requires a health care professional to perform a few tests on the baby to make sure that they are in good health. The Apgar test is a routine evaluation allowing an obstetrics team to fully understand the overall condition of the newborn in a matter of minutes. Other types of care a newborn will receive right after delivery include eye drops, a hearing test and a vitamin K shot.
While bringing home a new baby is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in people’s lives, taking care of a newborn can be quite intimidating as every newborn is going to need a lot of care. For the most part, this is going to include a lot of feedings, a lot of diaper changes and a lack of sleep, especially in the first few months.
Dr. Stillson and his staff will be pleased to provide newborn care for you growing family right here at the same location that you received your prenatal care.
Women’s health services
High-quality women’s health services are essential when it comes to women being able to efficiently take care of their overall health. This includes having access to the services women need when they are expecting a new baby. Making sure an expectant mom has access to the quality health care services she needs when pregnant is absolutely essential to a successful outcome for both the mom and baby.
Our women’s health services also include family planning services, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the twentieth century. When couples take the time to plan out how many children they are going to have and when, it tends to result in significant improvements in their health, social and economic well-being.