After months of anticipation, you finally have your baby in your arms. You've enjoyed your time together in the hospital and appreciated the help of your doctors and nurses, but you know that it's soon time to go home.
If you've delivered vaginally and your baby is healthy, you can expect your doctor to release you from the hospital one to two days after delivery. If you've delivered by cesarean, you may have a longer stay of three to four days before you go home. If you're anxious about embarking out on your own, here are some tips to help with a smooth transition:
The last thing you want as a new mom is to have to battle an infection because you didn't care for your stitches properly or because you weren't taking care of yourself as a nursing mother.
Your ride home will be your baby's first car trip. Some babies sleep like angels in the car and some babies will make a fuss about it for months. To increase your odds of a peaceful ride, take your time getting ready to leave the hospital.
A healthy baby depends on a healthy mother. The doctors and midwives at All About Women, M.D. are here not only to deliver your baby but to make sure you transition well to motherhood. If you have any questions about your health – including your emotional well-being– don't hesitate to call our Gainesville or Lake City office.