Having a baby can be some of the hardest work you’ll ever do, but certainly some of the most rewarding. After the birth, most mothers are too excited to sleep. Enjoy this time, but sleep when you can. Getting plenty of rest will help you feel better, help in your recovery and decrease your irritability.
After your delivery, your body will be working to recover. You’ll have some discharge, called “loch,” which is leftover blood, mucous, and tissue from your uterus. This can be as heavy, or even heavier, than your normal period. It will become less and less after the first three to five days, and it will gradually turn to a pinkish color, then brownish, then yellowish as the weeks go by. It may continue on and off for as long as six weeks, so don’t be alarmed.
While you’re still in the hospital, the staff will check on both you and your baby frequently to ensure that both of you are doing well. If you have any problems caring for your newborn, let the staff know immediately. They are there to help you feel more comfortable and secure in your new role. The nursing staff will go over the basics of self and infant care. Ask questions and make sure you understand the information.
Typically, a new mom and her baby will stay in the hospital for a day or two after the delivery, or two to three days after a cesarean delivery. This depends on how well you’re both doing.