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Congratulations, Mommy! You did it! The next couple of days will be great bonding time for you and your new addition. The next three to four days will be both geared towards education and recovery. Here are a few things you’ll need to expect:

Get to know your team. Several people will be assisting in you and your baby’s care for the next few days. From checking temperatures, to bringing you anything you need; they are there for you. Being transparent with your team about your needs or concerns gives them a comprehensive view to better implement your plan of care. 

Pain Management. Your Ob-gyn will prescribe an oral medication for pain management during your hospital stay. If you deliver by c-section, your anesthesiologist will manage your pain for a 24-hour period after delivery. Your nurse will inquire daily about the current level of pain you may be experiencing and follow through with prior orders given by your primary physician.

Lactation Consultation. A consultant will visit with you and will remain on standby for any questions or assistance. These certified professionals teach proper techniques to assist in a mom’s desire to breastfeed (latch, positioning and self-care). They are especially helpful when nursing premature babies who find it hard to suck, swallow and breathe.  

Be mobile. Your team will require you to start walking the same day of delivery if possible. Being mobile decreases the possibility of blood clots forming postpartum and gradually increases your level of activity.

Adequate rest. The body has been through a lot of hormonal changes to carry and deliver your sweet baby and you’re tired. Bonding with your baby is important in the first few hours but remember to allow the body to heal, recover and recharge by resting as well. Lack of sleep after delivery can lead to a decline in your emotional well-being. 

Hydration. Staying hydrated during your stay is pertinent to your overall health and discharge. This is especially true after having a c-section. Drink as much water, juice, etc. to encourage a bowel movement. Staying hydrated is a great foundation for breastfeeding. Keep those cups filled! 

The nursery or NICU. Your baby has a team as well and it’s called the nursery unless your baby is in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). This particular area of the hospital is designated for babies born with health issues who need a little extra care. You can visit or feed your baby in the NICU during designated hours. The nursery is available to take your little one as much as you need. Overnight care is even encouraged. Options are available to call and have your baby brought to you for night-time feedings or they can feed them with formula provided by the hospital.
 
Aftercare. Your team is devoted to your personal care. Assistance is provided to help you shower, change clothes and with trips to the restroom if you’re unable to do so alone. Care for a c-section wound requires more intimate assistance at your bedside.

-robin

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