Life After Delivery
After you’ve delivered your baby, the hospital will keep a close eye on you and your newborn while performing several tests to determine your risk factors and when it is safe to go home. The first exam that they perform on your baby will be what is known as the APGAR scoring test. APGAR stands for appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, and respiration. A score between the levels of seven and 10 are considered to be normal.
- You might experience a discharge called lochia, which is similar to a menstrual period, but can last for eight weeks.
- If you are breastfeeding, your first milk is thin and is called colostrum, but the rest of your milk should come in within four days after birth.
- Breastfeeding might make you feel more hungry, which means you probably should be consuming extra calories.
“In addition to the big adjustment of becoming a parent, you’ll also encounter a new set of physical and emotional symptoms that begin once your baby is born.”