What Should You Expect in the First Two Weeks After Giving Birth?

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Pregnancy can be a hugely physical and emotional journey, but childbirth and postnatal are no easier. Your body will go through a lot during birth and the changes can be complex and difficult. It is really important to understand the changes that your body is going through, how to recover, relax and recuperate properly.

You should expect bleeding

For a week or two after giving birth, you should expect some bright red discharges called “lochia.” You may also see some small clots, especially during the first week after childbirth and lochia will continue for up 6 weeks postpartum.

But if you notice bigger and more frequent clots or a foul odour in your discharges, talk to your midwife immediately.

You may experience pain

Childbirth is a long and stressful process, so you can expect some after-birth pains for a few days after delivery. The pain will feel like moderate period pains or can be as bad as feeling like you’re in labour. This tends to be normal as your uterus is contracting back to its pre-pregnancy size. 

If you gave birth vaginally, you may also feel some pain on your perineum. If you had a C-section, your wound may also ache, which is why you need to be religious about taking your pain medication.

You won’t produce as much milk right away

Poor milk production can be a common frustration among new mothers, but it is normal to not be able to produce large quantities of milk immediately. Keep persevering! Even the small amounts of breastmilk are fantastic for your baby as they are packed with nutrients.

Remember that quantity is not as important since your baby’s tummy is only the size of a marble. After 3-5 days, you should expect your milk production to increase significantly.

You would be extra emotional

You may feel extra emotional three days after giving birth, and that’s completely normal. Midwife Jocelyn Brown explains: “The birth buzz is wearing off, estrogen and progesterone levels are dropping off, and prolactin and oxytocin levels rise and fall throughout the day while the baby suckles.”

Sleep deprivation and pain from birth may also contribute to your emotional state. It is so important to have a strong support system from your spouse, family and friends during this time of transition.

You will feel very exhausted

Giving birth to a tiny baby can be exhausting, however it is not unusual for you to struggle to sleep for over 4 hours at time with breastfeeding and adjusting to the hormonal changes in your body. To ensure you can rest properly, it is helpful to keep your visitors to a minimum. This will give you time to recover and rest, before having to entertain guests.

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