Your nurse will help you prepare to go home with your baby. Information will be given to you on how to care for yourself and your baby.
Your care may include:
- Limit climbing stairs to 1-2 times each day.
- Lift nothing heavier than your baby.
- Get help doing housework for at least 2 weeks.
- Do not drive a car for at least 2 weeks.
- Do not have sexual relations until approved by your doctor. Talk to your doctor about birth control. Breastfeeding does not prevent you from becoming pregnant.
- Do not go back to work until approved by your doctor.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- A fever over 101 degrees or 38 degrees C
- Signs of a breast infection such as fever, tenderness, redness, or a hot, hardened area on one or both breasts
- Heavy vaginal bleeding where you soak one sanitary pad per hour for 2 hours or have large blood clots
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge (a normal discharge smells like your menstrual period)
- Problems urinating including trouble starting, burning or pain
- No bowel movements for 3 days
- A hot, hard spot in your leg or pain in your lower leg
- Severe or constant pain
- A headache, blurred vision or spots before your eyes that will not go away
- Feelings of being very sad or feel you want to hurt yourself or your baby
Call your doctor the first few days after you get home to schedule a follow-up visit in 4-6 weeks. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.