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After childbirth (postpartum period), your body goes through many changes. Some of these changes happen over several weeks. In the hours after delivery, your body will begin to recover from childbirth while it prepares to breastfeed your newborn. You may feel emotional during this time. Your hormones can shift your mood without warning for no clear reason.
In the first couple of weeks after childbirth, it's common to have emotions that change from happy to sad. You may find it hard to sleep. You may cry a lot. This is called the "baby blues." These overwhelming emotions often go away within a couple of days or weeks. But it's important to discuss your feelings with your doctor or midwife.
It's easy to get too tired and overwhelmed during the first weeks after childbirth. Don't try to do too much. Get rest whenever you can, accept help from others, and eat well and drink plenty of fluids.
In the first couple of weeks after you give birth, your doctor or midwife may want to check in with you and make a plan for any follow-up care you may need. You will likely have a complete postpartum visit about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. At that time, your doctor or midwife will check on your recovery from childbirth and see how you're doing with your emotions. You may also discuss your concerns or questions.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Share this information with your partner, family, or a friend. They can help you watch for warning signs.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor, midwife, or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor, midwife, or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
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