Recovery After Baby Is Born

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Your recovery time after the birth of a baby depends entirely on the type of birth that you actually had. Learn about recovery after a baby is born with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda at, and today were going to talk about recovery time after your baby is born. Your recovery time completely depends on the type of birth you had. If you had unexpected interventions, or even expected interventions, then you can expect that your recovery time is going to take quite a bit longer than if you had a normal birth. A Caesarean section, of course is going to take several more days, or even weeks to start to feel a little bit more mobile and like yourself. A birth plan is a great way to reduce interventions, especially when they're unplanned for your pregnancy. Having a good OB that you understand, and who understands what you want, and is completely supportive of it, and who you know what to expect from, is so important when you're going into your birth, because they're going to be the ones helping you to make the biggest decisions during that time. There are educational resources on book and CD and even MP3 out there that can really help you prepare for your birth. All off this is so important when recovering from your birth because it helps decide the direction of your birth and how many interventions you have. My doctor likes to say, intervention begets intervention. An intervention is anything from pitocin to a Caesarean section, and the more you have the more likely you are to have more and more complications, requiring more and more recovery time. The more you tear because of too fast of a delivery due to artificial hormones, can really determine the length and amount of pain you have during recovery. Your doctor can send you home with pain medications that are safe, but a little bit stronger than what you find over-the-counter during your recovery time. No matter what your birth is like, there's going to be some recovery time. And you can expect some pain and discomfort. The most important thing is to remember to be patient with yourself, and to have plenty of support around you. Thanks so much for watching. My name's Christina Gavenda, and today we talked about recovery after your baby is born.


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