Nurses will routinely perform postpartum checks during your stay. Checks include your temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Nurses also will assess the firmness of your uterus, assess your perineal area and ask if your legs feel tender. Nurses will assess your breasts for tenderness or fullness and your nipples for tenderness or other concerns. If you have had a cesarean section birth, your lungs, bowel sounds and incision also will be assessed.
Pain management Mayo Clinic Health System believes every patient has a right to pain relief and is committed to assisting you with pain management. Using a "0–10" pain scale, your nurses will ask you to describe your pain, and the effectiveness of medications and other comfort measures. You may request oral pain pills for discomfort according to your provider's orders, as needed.
Vaginal delivery recovery The following outlines the recovery process:
The provider usually orders oral pain medication every four to six hours, as needed.
You will be encouraged to empty your bladder within the first two to three hours after delivery.
You may find that tub baths are comforting for the perineal area. Your room has a private bathtub and shower, and you're encouraged to sit in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes two to four times per day.
You are encouraged to walk around as soon as you can safely do so. Call for help if you have any concerns, become lightheaded or if you'd just like someone there.
C-section birth recovery The following outlines the recovery process:
The provider may order a long-acting pain medication included in the spinal anesthetic. Another option may be a patient-controlled analgesia pump, which allows you to self-administer medications through your IV as you need . The day after a C-section birth, most women transition to pain pills.
You will have a urinary catheter for several hours after surgery. You will be encouraged to try to empty your bladder within the first two hours of the catheter's removal.
You are encouraged to shower the day after your surgery and daily thereafter.
You are encouraged to move about in bed as soon as possible. You will be helped to sit at the edge of your bed as soon as you are able. Activity will help your body heal, your bowels to start working again and prevent complications.
Your labor partner is welcome to purchase a meal and join you to eat.
Caring for baby Nursing staff will be available to help you learn how to care for your baby. Feeding, diapering, bathing and tending to your baby's needs in the hospital helps you get to know your baby and develop confidence in your parenting skills. Let your care team know your needs so team members can discuss what is important to you.
Breastfeeding The nurses who care for you are available to assist you with breastfeeding needs. Nurses with specialized training in lactation are available to assist if feeding problems arise. They are also available for outpatient consultation once you go home.