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Postpartum Sex — Helpful Hints and Advice

The time following the birth of your baby will be exciting, complicated, and busy. Your body will go through rapid changes, adjusting from the pregnant to the nonpregnant state. As new parents, you and...

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Recommended Exercises for the Postpartum Period

You should begin exercising as soon as possible after childbirth, even within 24 hours. In fact, if your perineum is not numb from anesthesia, begin doing Kegels within the first 2 hours. The muscle...

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Changes in Your Life as a New Father

While Mom adjusts to the major physical and emotional changes that the birth of a baby brings, you will also experience a major alteration in your life. You may find that this new addition...

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Pets and the New Baby

Just as siblings need to be prepared for the new baby’s arrival, so do pets. To many couples, their pet is their “first baby,” and they are concerned about how the pet will adapt...

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Confusing Emotions of the New Parents

When you and your partner become new parents, you will share many positive feelings—feelings of personal gratification, challenge, and achievement; a deepened love; and a renewed appreciation of each other. You will enjoy discovering...

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Adjustment to Parenthood

Imagine this scene: You are home with your new baby. You have just bathed, fed, and cuddled him, and he is now sleeping peacefully in a clean and tidy house. You are relaxing with...

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Postpartum Depression

While many women experience a mild case of “the blues,” some women suffer a more debilitating condition known as postpartum depression. These women develop prolonged feelings of sadness, anxiety, insomnia, extreme fatigue, and possibly...

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The Physical Changes During Postpartum

During your first 6 weeks postpartum, your body will return to its prepregnant state. You will eliminate the extra fluid that you retained during pregnancy by frequent urination and perspiration. Uterus State Your uterus...