After the Birth: Physical and Emotional Changes


Your Feelings
Use this information to understand yourself -- and to foster open communication with your partner.

As a couple, you must decide on the best style of interaction with friends and family. Some new grandparents are a boon; others are critical, demanding or unavailable. The same holds true for friends. It's tempting to invite others to see the new baby, but this can interfere with rest.

After birth, gourmet meals, fashion dressing and immaculate housekeeping are unnecessary. Allow the father or other support person to maintain the household while you rest.


The newborn's irregular, unpredictable sleeping and waking cycles, plus the excitement of having a new baby, normally interfere with nighttime and daytime rest.

Women may be surprised at the intensity of intimate feelings associated with breastfeeding a baby. It's important to involve loved ones -- especially your partner -- in the many other ways of caring for the baby and for yourself.

You may be surprised at the slow healing and soreness of the stitches.

Resumption of your sex life may seem uninteresting, even impossible, at first. The baby cries; you're sore and tired. One or both partners may need to be patient. Interest in sex comes back, proven by the number of second and third siblings in the population.

You'll probably have the feeling that your life has changed forever, which can be daunting and wonderful at the same time.

It's natural to feel overwhelmed at times due to the tremendous new responsibility you feel. Changeable moods are common in the early days and weeks.


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