After giving birth to your little bundle of joy, you may be anxious to get back home and begin your life together. However, your stay in the hospital soon after giving birth is an important time for you to heal. The length of your hospital stay depends on several factors such as your baby’s health, your health, any complications that you may have faced during the delivery etc. Here are a few things to expect in the first 24 hours after giving birth:
- A nurse will regularly check your health to ensure you are healing well and that there are no signs on infection.
- Your temperature and blood pressure will be monitored frequently. Your belly will be checked to make sure your uterus is shrinking back to its pre-pregnancy size.
- Your legs, ankles, and feet will be checked for swelling and circulation.
Medication like an epidural given during labor puts you at an increased risk for falling. This is because the medicine might still be in your system, you may be extremely tired from the physical effort of delivery, the feeding demands of your newborn, lack of sleep, and stress. To avoid falls, ask for help when getting up to use the bathroom or even if you want to walk around your room.
Baby Care during Hospital Stay
Throughout your hospital stay, a nurse will help you in giving your baby all the care he needs for a healthy life. They will also help you to care for your baby’s umbilical cord, answer your questions about how to diaper, bathe or dress your baby.
Get tips from a lactation consultant
While at the hospital, you could ask for a lactation consultant to make sure you are breastfeeding comfortably. You could ask your lactation consultant any question that you may have. Find out more about good positions to feed your baby, learn how to get baby to latch on and break suction correctly to avoid sore nipples, and ensure your baby is getting all the breastmilk he needs.
Get plenty of rest
While you are in the hospital, don’t forget to find time to get some rest. Take some time to breathe deeply and relax while you enjoy bonding with your baby. If you feel tired or sleepy, let someone else hold your baby or put him safely in his crib. Keep your baby safe while you get the rest you need.
Know who to contact
Before you leave the hospital, make sure you know who to contact in case of emergency once you are back home. Find out about your follow-up schedule and your baby’s first pediatrician appointment. You could also think about joining a support group and even ask your doctor if they know of any.
Once you and your baby are ready to be discharged, take a few moments to get your baby ready for the journey home. Leaving the hospital with your new baby is an exciting time. The care you and your baby receive in the hospital after delivery is a great beginning of your life together. If you should require any assistance when you’re giving birth at KIMS Cuddles, our doctors will always help you out.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.