After Delivery: A Freakout-Free Guide to What Happens After Childbirth-- and How to Prepare!

You've knew having a baby would be different, but wow! Here's the scoop on new mom care from after delivery bleeding to postpartum weight loss (17 Photos)

Kelly Grant on Oct 12, 2011 at 9:56AM

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An Aching C-Section Incision

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a Kelly Grant on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:10AM

Recovery from a Cesarean section takes longer than a vaginal delivery and is, for most women, more painful. “The worst discomfort is at the site of the incision. It’s fairly constant and intense, especially for the first couple of days after the procedure,” explains Adelaide G. Nardone, M.D., an ob/gyn in New York City. In the hospital, narcotic pain relief (often Percoset) will be given intravenously, intramuscularly, orally or in the form of a patch; once at home, most moms switch over-the-counter meds (often Motrin or Tylenol, but check with your doctor). You'll have to take it easy -- no lifting anything heavier than the baby -- so be sure to accept any help that's offered. C-section moms will also experience the same postpartum contractions, cramping and backaches that vaginal birthers do.

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