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The first few weeks

In the first few days after the birth, you and your baby are getting to know each other. Do not feel you have to make a great effort. Just have your baby close to you as much as you can.

You may feel tired for the first few days, so make sure you get plenty of rest. Even just walking and moving about can seem like hard work. If you have had stitches, they will feel sore and you may feel worried about going to the lavatory.

For many mothers, the excitement and the pleasure of the new baby far outweigh any problems. However, some do begin to feel low or rather depressed, especially if they are very tired or feel that they are not making any progress or can’t look after their baby as they would like.

Giving birth is an emotional and tiring experience and your hormones change dramatically in the first few days. Some women feel rather weepy around the third day after the birth, especially if the labour was difficult, or if they are very tired or have other worries. This is known as the baby blues.

Some women worry because they do not love their baby immediately, but, as with any relationship, it’s not always love at first sight. You may just need to give yourself time. You can still care for your baby and provide all the warmth and security he or she needs.

For support in the first few weeks after the birth view the Wandsworth borough groups and clinics:

Please call to confirm dates and times before attending.

Baby drop-in clinics

Postnatal groups

 

Related internet links

Feeling depressed after childbirth

Getting your baby to sleep

Keeping fit and healthy with a baby

Nappies

Sex and contraception

Sleep and tiredness

Soothing a crying baby

Washing your baby

What you will need for the baby

Your body after childbirth

Your post-natal check

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