The Ultimate Guide To Postpartum Care After Delivery

Having a baby is a truly exciting but also quite challenging life experience. The first challenge you will face as a new mother is healing after birth and postpartum care.

Taking care of your new baby will be a lot of work, but it’s equally important to care for yourself to be the best mother you can be. This includes your physical health and your mental health. 

What To Expect

Minimal Pain & Discomfort Some of the pain to be expected is vaginal soreness and burning, especially if you tore or had an episiotomy. Your first bowel movement can be uncomfortable.


Bleeding and vaginal discharge are both normal parts of the postpartum period. You will bleed afterward, whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section.

Postpartum Essentials

Pads & Underwear You will bleed a significant amount the first couple of days after birth. At the hospital, they will give you large mesh underwear and large pads. 

A few things you might add to your caddy are diapers, wipes, rash cream, nipple cream, burp rag, nipple shield, nursing cover, etc.

Diaper & Breastfeeding Caddy

Postpartum To-Do List 

Get On Birth Control It can be hard on your body if you become pregnant within a year of giving birth, so it can be a good idea to use some form of birth control.

Follow Up Appointment With Your Doctor

Your doctor will likely want you to come in and get a postpartum check-up to ensure you’ve healed well. The typical time for this appointment is six weeks.

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