After delivery, bleeding is common for the first 4-6 weeks. It may increase
and decrease throughout your postpartum period. If you bleed more than a
pad per hour for greater than 2 hours please contact us.
You may shower, but baths should be avoided until the bleeding has
Showers vs Baths
Don’t DRIVE one week after a vaginal delivery and for at least two weeks
after a cesarean section. (YOU SHOULD BE OFF NARCOTICS PRIOR TO
Sex should be avoided for at least 6 weeks postpartum; then a lubricant such as astroglide would be suitable, especially for those who are nursing.
Some swelling following delivery is common even if you had none during
your pregnancy. Elevating your feet and compression stockings may help.
Pads, NOT tampons should be used at this time.
Pads or Tampons?
Avoid vigorous exercise for 4-6 weeks after delivery. No swimming. You may walk.
You should continue taking your prenatal vitamins while nursing (or 6 weeks postpartum if you are not nursing). Extra calcium (500 mg daily) should also be taken.
If constipated, Metamucil, Fiber-con, Miralax, Colace, Phillips’ Stool Softner
may be used with lots of water.