What is postpartum care?
The postpartum period refers to the first six weeks after childbirth. After you give birth, there’s a lot to do and a lot to consider; from adjusting to motherhood to physically healing, it can be joyous, yet stressful time. At Premier Women’s Health, our postpartum care is available to guide you through every step of the way.
What can I expect to experience?
Our trained providers will help walk you through what to expect after you give birth. While no two mothers are the same, you can expect to experience significant change in your body.
When your milk “comes in” (usually the second or third day after birth) many women will experience some swelling and tenderness. The transition will be more comfortable if you feed your baby frequently around the clock.
New mothers may experience extreme night sweats and frequent urination.
In just six weeks your uterus will shrink back to its original size. For some women this results in cramps or general discomfort.
About 70 to 80 percent of new mothers experience mood swings or negative feelings after giving birth. These intense shifts are caused by hormonal changes. Don’t be alarmed if you experience fast-moving emotions.
This is not an exhaustive list, and your postpartum symptoms are likely normal. It’s important to have a medical provider you can rely on.
When should I contact my medical provider?
While most new mothers will experience some uncomfortable symptoms following birth, be sure to contact your medical provider if you experience any of the following:
- Extreme abdominal tenderness or persistent cramping
- Problems urinating
- Bright red, heavy vaginal discharge
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
Request an appointment in the San Fernando Valley
Make sure you’re getting the best postpartum care. The team at Premier Women’s Health Associates will help you manage symptoms and ensure that you get the proper care. Call (818) 346-5000 or request an appointment online. From our office in West Hills, CA proudly serve Calabasas, West Lake, Thousand Oaks, and the surrounding areas in the San Fernando Valley.