Postnatal begins immediately after giving birth of the mother to her child and it is maintained for about six weeks. After giving birth, the mother should see to it that it is time that her body will be back to normal or in healthy condition, including hormone levels and uterus size, returns to a non-pregnant state.
During the first few hours after giving birth, the midwife will monitor the condition of the mother and the baby to avoid the risk of any diseases. The health provider will check if the uterus is contracting properly and if the placenta has delivered itself intact, your blood loss will be monitored, your blood-pressure will be checked, and you will feed your baby for the first time.
Bleeding will occur later in postnatal period. Vaginal bleeding called lochia will occur after delivery. The bleeding can be heavy during the first few days, the colour is bright red then turns pinkish and light brown and then lighter still.
During postnatal period you can feel uterine pains. It persists for ten to fifteen days, become less severe after about one week and less significant after one week.
After giving birth, you will be exhausted, physically and emotionally. The body will experience some pains, especially if you have stitches. Your health provider will make sure that you are recovering after giving birth and will help you with any questions you may ask regarding your health or the health of your baby.
Postnatal care is one of the important things that any mother should not ignore. They should bear in mind that their health, especially after giving birth is very important to look after.
by DORLYN NABUAB