Helping You Heal After Childbirth
The first few months after delivering your baby are called the postpartum period. Postpartum support at Sanford Health helps you heal and transition into parenting.
During the postpartum period, you’ll need plenty of rest and good nutrition to help you recover. Make sure you’re getting support from your partner, family or friends. Talk to your doctor about what you can expect after being discharged from the hospital.
If you have questions about breastfeeding or are struggling, don’t feel discouraged. Sanford Women’s is here to help.
Postpartum Clinic Visits
You’ll have a follow-up visit with your provider to discuss your recovery at two to six weeks after birth. During the visit, your provider may perform a pelvic exam, check your incision if you had a cesarean section, and discuss your mental health and other potential issues. This visit is your time to talk about lingering questions and concerns about your health and your baby’s health.
Once you’re ready to get back into regular wellness visits after pregnancy, you can continue to see your OB/GYN, certified nurse-midwife or family medicine provider who delivered your baby. Or if you’re looking for a new primary care provider, you can find one who matches your health and wellness preferences.
Postpartum Depression Resources
In addition to physical changes, the postpartum period also brings emotional changes. It’s normal to feel a bit of the “baby blues” after delivery, which can include feeling disappointed, sad, irritable or anxious. These feelings can occur suddenly in the days following delivery. They often go away without treatment soon after they start.
Postpartum depression is different from the baby blues. This serious condition occurs when these negative feelings last longer and are more severe. Take the postpartum depression risk assessment to learn your risk level.
Help is available to all parents, no matter the severity of their symptoms. Download our postpartum depression guide to learn more about symptoms and treatment options.
Pelvic Floor Prolapse or Incontinence After Childbirth
Some women experience urogynecologic or pelvic floor disorders, such as incontinence and uterine prolapse, after childbirth. Our pelvic medicine specialists can help. We use the latest treatment options for a variety of conditions and provide care with minimal disruptions to your life.
Caring for Your Baby at Sanford Children’s
Learn about our pediatric services, resources, programs and more to take advantage of all that Sanford Health has to offer for your new baby.
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