The Postpartum Period
The postpartum period is the time after delivery when the changes that occurred during pregnancy begin to recede. Perhaps minor or major birth injuries also need to heal. The phase in which your body recovers lasts between six and eight weeks. You should give yourself as much time as possible and not overwhelm yourself and your child with appointments and visits. Take your time getting to know each other. The bond that is now formed between you and the baby is important for your continued togetherness. Your midwife will guide you through this exciting new time. Health insurance covers the cost of a fixed number of face-to-face and telephone consultations. If you want, your midwife will even look after you until the end of breastfeeding. The midwife can visit parents who bottle-feed their child until the baby is 9 months old. Six to eight weeks after the birth, you'll have a final check-up. The results are recorded on page 16 in your maternity record (Mutterpass).
Examination at the end of the postpartum period
Six to eight weeks after the birth, i.e. at the end of the postpartum period, you will be examined again by your gynaecologist. By this time, your post-birth vaginal discharge (known as lochia) has probably dried up. The final exam will determine how well your body has recovered. But you also have the opportunity to talk about problems and difficulties and to ask important questions. Please make sure you attend this appointment to ensure you remain well protected. The result of the examination is noted on page 16 in the maternity record (Mutterpass).
Postnatal Exercises and Postnatal Classes
The baby is here - now your body can and should recover from pregnancy and birth. It has done a tremendous job in the last nine months. Hormones loosened your organs and your muscles so that your baby could grow and come into the world. Your pelvic floor, abdomen and uterus have been stretched and stressed a lot. In order to strengthen the affected muscles again and to prevent possible problems after birth, such as blood clots, bladder weakness and back pain, there are postnatal exercises and other postnatal classes. They are usually guided by a midwife or a physiotherapist. Sometimes they also take place in fitness or yoga studios. It's best to ask your midwife what services are available. If there is nothing suitable in your area, then your midwife can teach you the most important exercises.
You’ve done it. The birth is over, you are back home and into the postpartum period during which your body can recover from the efforts of the last weeks and days. But now you've caught a cold. A cold and cough alone are unpleasant enough. Add to that aching limbs and fatigue, and everyday life with a baby can become a real challenge. However, simply reaching for flu medicine now is not a good idea. Some remedies can pass into breast milk and harm the baby. First and foremost, you should get plenty of rest and sleep and drink as much fluids as possible in the form of teas and soups. If you have a fever, you should definitely see a doctor. It is important to determine the cause. After childbirth, fever can also be due to inflammation in your uterus, breasts or caesarean wound.
Lochia: Post-birth Vaginal Discharge
Lochia - post-birth vaginal discharge - is a fluid that flows out of the vagina after childbirth. This is a natural process that shows your uterus is healing. For some people, lochia lasts only two weeks, and for most it dries up four to six weeks after giving birth. You have to pay special attention to cleanliness during this time so that no germs get into your body. Even before the birth, you should get a supply of postpartum pads. You get the bandages in the drugstore or in the pharmacy