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Recovery Care After B I RTh Of The Baby

After the birth of your baby and delivery of the placenta (and repair of the episiotomy if you received one), you will be in what is known as the postpartum period. Your vital signs will be monitored closely the first hour. The fundus, or the top of your uterus which is usually found around your belly button, is assessed by your nurse. She will massage your fundus frequently to keep it contracted. Sometimes more medication is given to keep the uterus firm. You may experience whole body shakes that come and go the first few hours after birth. You may not be cold, but your healthcare provider may give you a nice, warm blanket to help with the shakes. This is a normal response following the birth and on occasion it is associated with your epidural or spinal anesthesia. Ice may be applied to your bottom to help with discomfort and swelling. Peri-care, or how to take care of your perineum or stitches if you had an episiotomy, will be reviewed with you by your healthcare provider.

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It is important that the uterus remains frm. If not, there could be increased vaginal bleeding.

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