What to Expect During Your Postpartum Stay After a C-Section Delivery

Be Your Own Pain Management Advocate

Most nurses are pretty good about reminding you that it is time to take your pain medications but there are some that don’t give them to you unless you ask.  It is important that you monitor your pain management and take your medication on time.  Don’t wait until you are already in pain to ask for more.  It is best that you don’t try to be a super hero and manage your pain without medications after all you did have major surgery.  Also, if you are breastfeeding your pain medications were approved by your doctor and are considered safe to use.  If you have any concerns, talk to your nurse, ask to speak to the lactation consultant, or your doctor.

Rest as Much As Possible

Sleeping is difficult when you are in the hospital.  Don’t be afraid to ask the nurses and staff for help if you need it.  Always try to sleep when your baby is sleeping and limit visitors if necessary.  I remember that I cat napped quite a bit when I was in the hospital.

What to Expect For Your Baby During Your Post Par-tum Stay?

During your postpartum stay your baby will more than likely remain with you during your stay and will only go to the nursery if you request it.  The day after your baby is born, a pediatrician will come to the hospital and examine your baby.  Also, if you had a boy, he can be circumcised before you go home from the hospital.  Once the baby is 24 hours old, the baby will have a phenylketonuria test (PKU) test  and most hospitals also perform a hearing screening to determine if your baby has any hearing issues.

Feeding Your Baby During Your Hospital Stay

If you are breastfeeding your baby, let the staff know so that they don’t offer your baby any formula without your permission.  Whether you breastfeed or use formula, it is important to feed your baby every 2-3 hours.  A newborn’s tummy is very small and doesn’t hold much food, which is why they need to be fed often.  Feeding often also prevents your baby’s blood sugar from dropping too low.  When the baby’s nurse comes to check on the baby he/she will ask you how much you are feeding your baby and how often.  If you can’t remember, it might be helpful to write down each time you feed your baby.

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