The first 24 hours: being a mother - the new role

How will I go home with my baby in the first 24 hours?

You'll probably experience a whole range of emotions - from total exhaustion to absolute elation. If this is your first baby, you may find it odd or strange to be alone with your new family member at home. Maybe you have the overwhelming feeling that your life has changed forever. Your home was only occupied by adults before birth, and now it's suddenly home to your family, along with the little person you gave birth to.

However prepared you are, with all your baby's stuff and the idea of ​​future parenting, you may still feel that your whole life has changed, maybe you are even a bit disappointed.

There's one thing that all young mothers feel a bit like: They worry about their newborn and worry about whether they're okay. It is normal for you to watch your baby for hours, not only to admire his beauty and perfection, but to make sure that he is still breathing! Oh, and forget the difference between day and night. In the first few days, you will be so busy caring for your little baby that you will not notice that you are there for your sweetheart, virtually around the clock.

You probably fell in love with your newborn at first sight. But it is just as normal if you need a bit of time to develop that deep bond. Maybe you were just too exhausted after birth to develop these feelings. Or maybe you also had a very long and exhausting birth, which has overshadowed your feelings.

Slow it down and try to have as much body contact as possible with your baby. Your baby's tactile and olfactory senses are fully developed and it will love to be close to you and cuddle with you.

Your midwife is your contact for any questions you might have.

How will my body change?

Your body has just done its best to bring your baby into the world. That's why it's normal for you to feel exhausted, sore and a little whiny. And it's also a sign that your body is undergoing major changes right now. These changes take place no matter what kind of birth you had and how you will feed your baby.

You have a lot of bleeding at the moment, called the weekly flow, comparable to a heavy menstrual period. This bleeding becomes progressively weaker over time and is over after about six weeks. You may need extra strong ties for this time. It could also be that you still have convulsions or contractions in the first days after birth - the so-called Nachwehen. They are more likely to occur in women who had a fast delivery, or in the second or third child. But they disappear again by themselves. They help the uterus contract and promote haemostasis.

Many women suffer from constipation after birth. If possible, eat foods rich in fiber (such as apples or oatmeal) and drink plenty of water. If that does not help, ask your midwife about a laxative or remedy that softens the stool.

Your body also needs to deal with a changing hormone level, which, among other things, has a negative impact on your sleep - especially now that you are trying to cope with your new life. Do not let that depress you. You've spent an exhausting nine-month journey - give yourself time to recover from it in peace.

How do my breasts change when I start breastfeeding?

If you breastfeed, your breasts will produce more colostrum or pre-milking to provide your baby with antibodies and proteins. The actual milk shoots in after a few days. If you had a cesarean section, it can take a few days longer. You will then find that your breasts are noticeably fuller, firmer and heavier.

Many people believe that breastfeeding works on its own, but it is normal that there are some difficulties at the beginning. Even if you have already received the first help from a midwife in the hospital, you may still need help at home.

With the help of your midwife, you'll soon have the bow out for proper donning and find the best breastfeeding position. It happens to some young mothers in the beginning that their nipples get sore. To prevent this, try different positions so that your child fits properly.

After breastfeeding, you can apply pure lanolin cream, the remains of which you should carefully remove before breastfeeding. You can also dab your nipples with a few drops of breast milk - a wonderful natural remedy for stressed nipples! But remember: breastfeeding should not be painful! If your nipples are sore, it's more like a sign that your baby is not lying properly. Ask your midwife or a lactation consultant for help.

What happens to my breasts if I do not want to breastfeed?

If you would like to give your child baby food, ask your midwife or gynecologist how to prevent milk production.Of course, your body has already prepared for milk production, so it will take some time for it to change again.

When the milk comes in, your breasts will feel uncomfortably full and heavy. This will increase for about three to five days before it slowly fades.

If the pain gets uncomfortable, you should cool your breasts with cottage cheese or cabbage out of the fridge or ice packs (which just above the bra, otherwise it will get too cold) and wear a bra. If necessary, you can also take a painkiller such as ibuprofen, preferably after consultation with your doctor. If the pressure gets really bad, you may need to pump some milk or stroke it out by hand. Your midwife can show you how it works.

In what condition is my body after birth?

If you had a normal birth, you might feel a little sore down there. It can be painful if you have had a crack or cut. You can cool the sore spots with an ice pack wrapped in a cloth. If you have been to the bathroom, it may be more pleasant to clean the areas with warm water instead of using dry paper.

Do not worry if a few drops are in the pants or you do not have the right feeling at the moment when your bladder is full. This is not permanent. It's because the nerves in the muscles of your pelvic floor have been stressed during birth.

You can strengthen your pelvic floor with appropriate exercises. In the beginning, you may feel that this does not help much, and maybe you can just tense your muscles a bit. But even if you are very busy with your baby, you should try to do these exercises every day.

In what condition will my body be after a cesarean section?

Caesarian section is a major surgical procedure. You will need help for about a week in just about everything you do. And you should not lift anything that is heavier than your baby. Nevertheless, your midwife will encourage you to get up and move a bit. This helps to speed up the healing process.

As after any surgery, exercise helps prevent thrombosis. And the pain may seem even more intense after a long period of immobility.

The bandage on the caesarean section will be removed one day after surgery. Keep an eye on the scar, so that you notice immediately when something ignites. Contact your midwife if blood or pus leaks or the scent smells unpleasant, as these may be signs of infection.

Why do I feel unhappy and irritable?

Getting a baby is a dramatic experience, and you can not expect your new life to go straight off without a hitch.It can take days or even months to get used to the new situation. Do not go crazy with your idea of ​​what this new life should be like - just enjoy it as it is now.

A large amount of different hormones now weigh through your body. If you mutate into ""crybaby"" these days, that's because - you have the well-known Baby Blues. About five to eight out of ten women are affected by this condition. Fortunately, it does not last long - after two weeks at the latest, your mood is back in the green.

Do not be afraid to ask your partner, family and friends for help - for example, when it comes to shopping, cooking or washing. Anyway, the first time home should be characterized by a lot of rest, little visit and good food. Just enjoy being together with your baby.

If your gloomy mood does not lighten, look for signs of postpartum depression. If you feel that you are developing postpartum depression, then go to your doctor as soon as possible. He / she knows what to do.

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