Steps to take after a routine vaginal birth
At the hospital
You will be advised to rest in bed for a while to rest and regain your strength. The nurses will then ask you to get up and walk around as soon as possible to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins. Start breastfeeding within the first hour after birth. Your blood pressure and pulse will be monitored regularly until you are discharged.
Before you go
Before leaving the hospital talk to your doctor or nurse about:
Back at home
After returning home with baby, be sure to:
Returning to Normal - your changing uterus.
As your uterus returns to normal your womb will gradually shrink back to normal size; by the 14th day, your doctor will no longer be able to feel it from the outside of your abdomen. You will have a bright red, bloody discharge from your vagina, which will gradually change to pale brown, then yellow over the next 10-14 days. You may then have one of your normal periods.