What's Happening in the Postpartum Period After Birth
Immediately after your baby is born and the placenta has come out, your health care provider will want to conduct a quick exam just to make sure that you are fine and there are no complications.
During this exam, your health care provider will:
The vaginal discharge that occurs after you give birth is called lochia. At the start, it is red and bloody, but it will gradually taper off within two to six weeks.
You will be encouraged to eat and drink. Labor and birth are hard work, and your body needs nourishment. This is also the time to start getting to know your baby, celebrate with family and friends, take a shower, and get some rest.
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