The New Mother – Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

“It is important for you to spend time everyday caring for yourself both physically and emotionally. Your body will begin healing itself and shedding excess water. Your uterus will shrink back to its non-pregnant size.¬†Postpartum is also a time of hormonal change and emotional adjustment.”

Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn

The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother’s body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.

The postpartum period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically, while learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required with becoming a new mother. The postpartum period also involves the parents learning how to care for their newborn and learning how to function as a changed family unit.

Read more:¬†http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=the-new-mother—taking-care-of-yourself-after-birth-90-P02693

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