What to Expect

Women's Care After Delivery at Southern Regional

What to Expect After Giving Birth

It's important that you know what to expect as your body returns to normal after the birth of your baby. Understanding the physical and emotional changes will help you relax during the weeks following delivery and allow you to enjoy time with your newborn.

Your Body's Changes

The first six weeks after giving birth is called the postpartum period. During this time you will notice your body slowly returning to normal. For some new mothers, it may take longer than six weeks. Your doctor can talk to you about what physical changes you may experience.

Emotional Changes

An overwhelming sense of responsibility, lack of sleep, and changes to your body can have a huge emotional effect on new mothers. Give yourself at least two to three months to establish some sense of routine and return to normalcy.

Remember, if you feel overwhelmed or discouraged at any time, don't hesitate to ask a family member or healthcare provider for help.