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Postpartum Care at Home

Diet

Drink plenty of fluids. Keep a well-balanced diet. If you are constipated, eat more fruits, vegetables and take a bulking agent or stool softener. Continue to take prenatal vitamins.

Vaginal Bleeding

Bleeding may continue for six weeks. You may pass small clots at home for the first one to two weeks. Call the office if you experience bleeding that requires more than one pad per hour.

Activity

You may use the stairs and take walks as tolerated. Avoid vigorous exercise until your postpartum visit. Avoid driving for 2 weeks. Do not drive if you are continuing narcotics. Drive when you are able to press the car’s brake pedal in an emergency situation.

Problems

Call the office if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A fever greater than 100.4°
  • A headache that does not subside with acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Extreme pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Redness in perineal/episiotomy site or incision site
  • Redness or pain in breasts

Post-Op Visit

Call your Obstetrician's office as soon as possible to schedule your six week check up.

Vaginal Delivery

Bathing

You may shower, but avoid taking baths.

Perineal/Episiotomy Care

You may be sore for 1-2 weeks after delivery. Continue to take pain medicine (i.e. ibuprofen) as needed. Use the sitz bath two to three times daily and after each bowel movement. If it is painful to sit on the sitz bath, fill the tub with a few inches of warm water and sit in it until it cools down. You may continue to use hydrocortisone cream, tucks pads, or any other creams provided to you at the hospital until soreness improves. Notify the office if your perineum does not feel slightly better each day. Avoid sexual intercourse until your postpartum visit.

Cesarean Delivery

Bathing

You may take showers. Let the soap and water run over the incision and pat the incision dry.

Incision Care

Remove the steri-strips after one week. If you notice worsening redness around the incision or drainage, call the office. Avoid sexual intercourse until your postpartum visit.