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Postpartum Care

Congratulations!

At this time of joy and fulfilled expectation, we know that you may have many questions! On this page you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding postpartum care that can be used as a guide to help you over the next few weeks as your body readjusts itself from pregnancy.

If you’re worried, please don’t hesitate to call us should you have any concerns or questions after you return home from the hospital. We’re here for you the same way we were during your pregnancy. Just call the office, and if it’s after hours, our service will contact the doctor on call who will get back to you as quickly as possible!

Enjoy your new baby and your new life together! This is a time of great excitement, wonder and joy! We wish you all the best!

Frequently Asked Questions

Call the office if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Burning during urination
  • Unpleasant odor or vaginal discharge
  • Temperature of 101F or over, for more than 12 hours
  • Redness or swelling in the breast, or local pain
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (saturating a pad within a half hour)
  • Passing large clots
  • Incision drainage, redness, or tenderness (Cesarean section)
  • Increased pain at episiotomy site since leaving the hospital (vaginal delivery)

How long will I have vaginal bleeding?

Regardless of the method of delivery, you may expect some bleeding for up to eight weeks after delivery.
The first week, the bleeding may be bright red. The second week after delivery, the bleeding may be
brown. After lying down you may pass small clots that have accumulated. This is not unusual. It is often
heaviest in the morning and after breast feeding.

How should I take care of my episiotomy?

Stitches usually dissolve within several weeks. At home, continue to use the supplies given to you in the
hospital. They help promote healing and ease discomfort. Use the peri bottle to keep the episiotomy site
clean and make washing easier. Try to keep the episiotomy dry and change pads frequently, depending
on the flow of bleeding. 

When can I safely resume sexual activity?

You can resume sexual activity after you have had your post delivery checkup. Remember, you will need
to reevaluate your method of birth control and your post delivery visit is a good time to discuss it.
Important Reminder: Breast feeding is NOT a form of birth control.

What can I do to ease pain and discomfort?

  • Use the sitz bath to keep the area hydrated during the first week or so, as instructed by the nurses at the hospital.
  • Use a “ring” or orthopedic inner-tube to sit on or a pillow under your hips when lying on your back.
  • Sometimes, intermittent application of ice initially helps to reduce the pain and swelling. 

What limitations are there to my daily activities?

To allow yourself time to recover, you do need to set some limits. though you may be tempted to get
many things done during the “quiet time” while the baby is sleeping, you should take the time to relax
instead. Too much activity may cause an increase in your vaginal bleeding and cause tremendous
fatigue. So… try to sleep when your baby sleeps, and elevate your feet to help decrease the swelling
caused by excess body fluid.

  • Avoid driving for one week
  • Limit trips up the steps to twice daily, and do not resume or begin any exercise program until your postpartum visit.
  • Limit phone calls and visitors so that you can spend time together as a family.
  • Try to spend extra time with any other children at home so they don’t feel left out and so you don’t overdo it. 

What do people mean by the baby blues?

Due to the rapid change in hormones, new mothers may feel unsettled and somewhat anxious or
depressed.

  • Many times this may start around the third day after delivery and is of short duration.
  • If these feelings last longer than several days or are difficult to cope with, call the office for help.
  • Remember to be patient with yourself and your new family. It takes time to feel comfortable in a new job, parenting is
    no exception!
  • Make time for other children and include everyone in the responsibilities of a growing family.
  • Try to make time for you and your partner, so that the relationship that is responsible for this new life can grow and
    continue to be special to you both. 

How should I care for my cesarean incision?

Keep the incision clean and dry. You will be showering in the hospital and instructed to pat the incision
dry. Continue this at home while your incision is healing. Avoid wearing underclothes that irritate the
incision. 

What should I do about diet?

If you’re breast feeding, you should increase your calorie intake by about 500 calories per day. This will
help promote healing and provide adequate lactation.
If you’re not breastfeeding, it’s important to maintain your pregnancy calorie intake to promote adequate
healing the next few weeks before considering dieting.
Continue taking your prenatal vitamins until your first postpartum checkup, or as long as you are
breastfeeding. 

When do I need my post-delivery (postpartum) checkup?

Call when you get home from the hospital to schedule an appointment for your post-delivery checkup.
If you delivered by cesarean section, you will need an appointment in two weeks for an incision check.
If you delivered vaginally, you should have a post-delivery checkup in about 6 weeks. 

Other concerns you may have....

  • If you’re not breastfeeding, remember to wear a tight-fitting bra, and apply ice packs as necessary. You may also take Tylenol to relieve the discomfort.
  • It is very common to have hair loss after delivery, due to hormone changes.

Contact Us

Two Convenient Locations

East Brunswick

620 Cranbury Road, LL Suite #90
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Tel: 732-257-0081
Fax: 732-613-4845

Patient Liaison:
Debbie Moore, extension 1012

Location

Hillsborough

751 Route 206, 2nd Floor
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Tel: 908-725-2510
Fax: 908-725-2132

Patient Liaison:
Millie Docherty, extension 1104

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