Problems After Delivery of Your Baby - Home Treatment
If you develop problems and your
doctor has given you specific instructions to follow, be sure to follow those
Feeling tired (fatigue)
Most women feel tired after
labor and delivery. Caring for a new baby, loss of sleep, and the normal
physical changes you experience as your body returns to its nonpregnant
condition can add to your fatigue. It is important to focus on your healing and
taking care of your baby for the first 6 weeks. Start other activities slowly
as you feel stronger.
To help with fatigue in the first few weeks
and months after delivery:
- Eat regularly. Do not skip meals or go for long
periods without eating. Choose healthy foods.
- Exercise regularly.
Get outside, take walks, or keep your blood moving with your favorite workout.
If you do not have your usual energy, do not overdo it. If you had any problems
during your pregnancy or during labor or delivery, your doctor may give you
more specific instructions about activities.
- Try to take rest
breaks often during the day.
- Do only as much as you need to, and do
not take on extra activities or responsibilities.
- Spend time with
family and friends and let them help you care for your baby.
Sleep problems are common when you
are caring for a new baby. These tips may help you get a good night's
- Sleep when your baby is sleeping or
- Keep your naps as short as possible.
- Use your
bed only for sleep.
- Try to have a regular feeding pattern if you
are breast-feeding. If you are bottle-feeding, have others feed the baby
sometimes so you can rest.
- Limit your caffeine, such as coffee,
tea, cola drinks, and chocolate.
- Try relaxation methods such as meditation or guided imagery. For more
information, see the topic
Nonprescription medicine to help relieve discomfort
Most women have some mild discomfort after delivery. You may have some
cramping as your uterus returns to its nonpregnant size. If you had an
episiotomy, you may have pain in your genital area.
Women who have had a
cesarean section (C-section) will have some pain at
the incision site.
If you are breast-feeding, it is safe to use
acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, to help with mild discomfort.
The usual dose is 650 mg; recommended doses may range from 500 mg to 1,000 mg.
You can take 650 mg every 4 hours or 1,000 mg every 6 hours in a 24-hour
period. Do not take more than the maximum adult dose of 4,000 mg in a 24-hour
Be sure to follow these nonprescription medicine precautions.
- Use, but do not take more than the maximum
- Carefully read and follow all labels on the
medicine bottle and box.
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