After My Baby is Born


After my baby is born I will:
Wash my hands a lot with good soap and ask everybody else to wash their hands, too
Pay attention to my bleeding: I will call my midwife/doctor if I soak through more than one pad in one hour
Feel my uterus: it should be firm and grapefruit-sized or smaller

Pee a lot even if I don’t feel like it
Take my temperature four times a day to make sure I don’t have an infection (it should be below 100.4)
Nurse my baby frequently, with good positioning and remember nursing shouldn’t be painful.  If it is, I’ll get help immediately!
Drink plenty of water: I’ll keep a bottle everywhere—next to the bed, where I feed my baby, living room
Keep healthy snacks everywhere. Veggies! Protein! Whole grains! I’ll avoid constipating foods like cheese and peanut butter
Keep visitors to a minimum and I’ll make sure they’re very very healthy.

I will call my midwife or doctor immediately if:
My temperature is above 100.4
I have chills, or I feel like I have the flu (muscle aches, headache, fatigue)
I soak through more than one sanitary pad in one hour, or I worry about how much I’m bleeding
My lochia (bleeding) is foul-smelling (not just earthy), or I notice pus or gray-green discharge
My stitches don’t look or feel right (red, swollen)
I have trouble peeing
My uterus is not firm, or is bigger than a grapefruit
My breathing is fast, difficult, or odd in any way
I am nauseous, vomiting, constipated, or not hungry
I am anxious, restless, stressed, faint, dizzy, confused, overly sweaty, or overtired
I have pain, tenderness, a hot spot, or a lump in my breast, or I have pain or swelling in my leg(s)
I feel moody, lonely, out of control, unable to function
I notice frightening thoughts about harming myself or the baby
I am troubled by any weird symptoms or problems – I will CALL!  I won’t be shy!

After two weeks I will:
Try to get out of the house and do something nice for myself every day
Stay connected with adult family and friends every day
Eat well and try to get some appropriate exercise every day