First Days After Birth

After a normal birth, the mother can get out of bed in a few hours. As early as possible standing up and moving is useful for the blood circulation as well as the intestines to work well. Many hospitals discharge the mother within 24 hours of normal delivery, but this does not mean that the mother will begin her daily life immediately. After the birth, especially in the first days, the mother should not get tired, but rest. Otherwise, bleeding and pain may increase. On high fever (38) mother should definitely consult a doctor.

Breasts may hurt at the beginning of breastfeeding. If the baby sucks accurately, pain can gradually decrease and stops completely as the baby sucks. If the baby is frequently breastfed to empty the milk in the breasts, there will be no swelling, blushing or pain that will disturb the mother due to the milk accumulation in the breasts. Emptying the milk if there is, dressing or bathing the breasts with hot water before breastfeeding, dressing with cold water after breastfeeding decreases the complaints.

Sharing housework and other children's care with spouses, relatives, friends or neighbors will make it easier for the mother. In cases where the mother cannot get support, she has to give priority to the baby and herself. Being a mother is a big change in a woman's life. The spouse will experience the same change as the father. Adapting to changes in the customary order of the house requires a new understanding and devotion for every individual living in the house. Life is facilitated to the extent that mother and father share postpartum pleasures and troubles.

In the first days after birth, some women feel unhappy for no reason and suddenly may start crying. Suddenly increasing responsibilities may cause anxiety. The hormonal changes in the body may be responsible for the emotions of this kind of ups and downs, especially when the milk begins to come. As the mother and the baby gets used to each other and self-confidence increases, such feelings begin to decrease. Talking to other mothers about fears and emotions makes the mother feel less alone. The support of spouse, friends and family helps the mother gets over this period more easily. But if more help is needed, the mother should consult a doctor or a psychologist.