After Giving Birth

After you have your baby, be sure to remember your after-delivery (postpartum) appointment. Make the appointment as soon after giving birth as possible. The days and weeks after birth are important ones for the health of you and your baby.

Postpartum care

Talking with your primary care provider (PCP) and/or obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) at a postpartum visit is important. Your provider(s) may suggest things such as:

  • Getting lots of rest and being flexible with your sleeping and eating routines while you and your baby adjust
  • Easing your body's soreness and discomfort with medications and cold/warm compresses
  • Being aware of your emotional health and knowing the signs of postpartum depression

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be good for both you and your baby because it:

  • Helps you bond with your baby
  • Boosts the baby’s immune system
  • Reduces the baby’s risk of dental decay, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), allergies, serious diarrhea, and ear and respiratory infections
  • May save you as much as $100 per month in formula costs
  • Reduces your risk of breast cancer

Thinking about another child?

Waiting at least two years between pregnancies is good for your health, and your baby’s. Make sure your new baby gets all of their immunizations before their second birthday. Waiting at least two years also makes taking care of your children easier. When you decide the time is right to have another baby, talk to your PCP. Your PCP can make sure you are healthy by doing a physical.

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