The first few days after giving birth are a huge blur for most new moms. It can be a really crazy time for moms, especially for first time moms, who might have no clue what to really expect as their life takes such a huge and crazy turn. The first few hours after giving birth can be really crazy, but the first few days after giving birth require some real patience to get through and new moms should really have some idea of what is going on. Here are a few things that new moms should know about their first few days after giving birth.
Going To The Bathroom Is A Big Deal
It might not seem like it, but one thing most new moms don’t realize after giving birth is that going to the bathroom is a really really big deal. This goes for both number one and number two, if you catch our drift. Don’t worry, though, you will have plenty of company! For your first trip to the bathroom, be ready to have a nurse or two accompany you. Keep in mind that there will be blood, and it’s completely normal. During this time, your nurses will introduce you to your new best friends: a peri bottle, mesh panties, and self cooling pads. These guys are going to be your go tos for the next few weeks! Peri bottles are little squirt bottles that you can fill with warm water and squirt over your private areas after using the bathroom, and they can be sooooo soothing! The mesh panties are self explanatory, and they are so comfortable, you will love them! Some hospitals offer new moms self cooling pads, which you twist, and turn into a cold compress of sorts which are amazing! Going number two after having a baby is an even bigger deal than the first pee! New moms are usually given stool softeners after delivery, and it will be important that you go to the bathroom before you are released from the hospital. Also, if you decide to shower shortly after giving birth, make sure that you let a nurse know your plans. Many women faint after giving birth when their blood pressure drops too low. Be careful that this doesn’t happen to you, and ask for a helping hand when you attempt your first post baby shower.
You will also probably be asked to fill out and sign lots of forms during your hospital stay. This might be a little bit annoying, but it is a needed and necessary evil. Make sure to pay attention to all the forms you are filling out, such as your baby’s birth certificate, even if you are tired, overwhelmed or otherwise occupied. These are all important things and you don’t want there to be a mistake. Before you are released from the hospital, staff will check you and your baby to make sure you are both healing and adjusting properly after birth. The staff will also probably want to make sure that you are comfortable in your skills, like diapering, bottle or breastfeeding, etc. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if there are things you are unsure about or need clarification on. The staff is here to help you, so no worries on that! Obviously, it will also be a must that you have a carseat properly installed before bringing baby home. It’s a good idea to have this done before ever going to the hospital in the first place, since it can be a daunting task. Many fire stations or police stations offer free car seat installation or car seat checks, just call and ask if yours does!
You will probably bleed for up to six weeks after giving birth, so your hospital will probably send you home with lots of pads and mesh panties. You should be slowed down to a normal period like bleeding when you leave the hospital, so there should be no worries. If you have any questions about anything before you leave the hospital, don’t be afraid to ask. The staff are there for you and there to help with anything you need, so please don’t be afraid to ask! Also, if you feel worried or concerned about anything after you get home, don’t worry about contacting the hospital, or your own personal doctor to discuss what you are worried about. Once you get home from the hospital, that is when the real work begins, so try your best to relax your mind and enjoy your hospital stay if at all possible. It’s a time that you will never forget, so try to enjoy it if you can at all!