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Postpartum Instructions

Beginning parenthood can be an exciting yet frustrating time.

There are changes in your body, your emotions, your relationships
with friends and relatives, and in the way you live your life. As
you leave the hospital and begin a new routine at home, you will
develop the skills that you need to care for your infant. Relax and
remember that you are not born with the skills; they are learned
and it takes time. It is especially important to take care of your
physical and mental well-being. A proper diet and daily exercise
will increase your energy level and help you get back in shape.
After delivery, you should continue to watch for any abnormal
changes in your health.

Call your doctor if you notice any of the
following symptoms:

• Fever over 100.4 F (38C)
• Nausea and vomiting
• Painful urination, burning, urgency.
• Bleeding heavier than your normal period.
• Pain, swelling, tenderness in legs.
• Chest pain and cough.
• Hot, tender breasts.
• Persistent episiotomy pain with increasing tenderness.
• Having baby blues that last more than 2 weeks after delivery.
• Having feelings of depression and anger.