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Physical Effects of Childbirth

After you have given birth, you may feel alert and happy, mentally, and emotionally satisfied or you may feel bruised and battered, dazed and exhausted. All of these emotions are perfectly normal.

Physical Effects of Childbirth

The level of hormones in your body is changing all over again, it is common to feel weepy in the first few days after birth, this is known as the 'Baby Blues'.

The recovery period after having a baby is rarely discussed. The main focus is on labour and birth and many women are surprised by the recovery time. Your body has spent the last 40 weeks preparing for delivery - it can't be expected to slip back to normal immediately - it's going to take some time. After you give birth, your body goes through many changes. Knowing what to expect can help you deal with these changes.

Expect to be tired for the first few weeks after having a baby. The exhaustion of delivering your baby combined with the lack of sleep when caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Be sure to get as much rest as you can. When your baby is sleeping you should try to sleep to. Don't be afraid to ask for help, so you can get the rest you need.

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