7. Dealing with heavy bleeding? This is one of those icky topics, but reality after childbirth. You may want to try incontinence pads such as Depends for those first postpartum days. Be sure to discuss with your caregiver what to expect as normal and the point of concern! Do NOT ignore heavy bleeding that soaks more than a pad an hour as hemorrhaging could prove dangerous to mom's long term health!
8. Do something special for yourself! Some days you may be feeling blue. Everyone around you seems to be going on with their life while you struggle to find time to go to the bathroom! Who knew that such a tiny creature would throw you for a loop? Try that enlisting help trick again and take a bath. Amazing what a few minutes soaking in a hot tub and later actually getting dressed can do for your mood!
9. You thought those pregnancy hormones were bad? Expect another roller coaster ride this 6 weeks as your progesterone levels pummel. Note that it is normal to still find yourself weepy or even with rather mixed emotions over your new baby. You may find your mood swings go from ecstatic to an almost mourning over freedoms lost.
If these feelings do not tend to taper off within a few weeks postpartum or you do become concerned at anytime, please do contact your personal caregiver. It is never normal to wish harm for yourself or your baby. Don't be ashamed to discuss your feelings. There is always support available!
10. There is such a thing as a sex life after you have a baby. Most doctors advise that you wait at least 6 weeks. We advise you wait 'til you are ready. For some that may be sooner...some later. Take your time and enjoy romancing your partner (and vice versa!) You have just experienced THE most intimate bond ever! Trust that when you are ready it will happen.
Remember, you are now the parent and the one in charge of your new family along with your partner. Granted, you may wish to be polite to others, but remain firm in your choices. You won't want to miss a minute by dealing with grudges and regrets. Congratulations! Your adventure in parenthood is just beginning! Enjoy!
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