Your baby is finally here! The joys and challenges of motherhood are about to begin. It is important to remember to take good care both of yourself and your new baby. Caring for a baby can be fun but it is also hard work. How much and how often you should feed the baby? What to do when the baby is crying or sick? How do you prevent accidents? These questions can be overwhelming at first, but you will quickly adjust. A new baby needs constant care, but you will be skilled at taking care of your child in no time. Remember that you are not alone. There are people out there, including your family, friends, your doctor, and support groups, that will help you get through it.
You have experienced nine months of changes to your body. Those changes will continue in the next couple of months as your body starts to recover from pregnancy and delivery. It is important to take care of yourself during that time and rest when you can. Don’t try to do too much.
The effects of pregnancy and childbirth on woman’s body can be tremendous. If you are trying to loose additional pregnancy weight, make sure to do it in a healthy way and consult your doctor before you start any diet or exercise plan. You will need to consume an extra 500 calories per day to feed the baby, so do not diet while breastfeeding.
In addition to physical changes to your body, you may feel depressed. This can be very normal phase following childbirth and 50% to 75% of new mothers feel a little sad or depressed after giving birth. These feelings can range from very mild to serious, but there is help. Be aware of your feelings and continue to talk to your family, friends and your doctor. Most of the time this depression will go away on its own, but sometimes, therapy and medication may be needed. Both can help you feel better and get back to enjoying your new baby.
Remember that even though your pregnancy is completed and you have gone home with your baby, Dr Divanovic is still your doctor and you must please feel free to call him whenever you have a problem or feel that you need an advise.