Your Body After Baby: Understanding the First 6 Weeks of Postpartum

After childbirth, mothers need to allow their bodies time to heal and should follow their doctor's recommendations

Postpartum bleeding and discharge, known as lochia, is normal and should stop within 4 to 6 weeks

Breast changes such as engorgement, nipple pain, and breast discharge are common

Swelling in the hands, feet, and face is normal during pregnancy and may take time to go away

Constipation and hemorrhoids are common postpartum and can be managed with dietary changes and sitz baths

Urinary problems such as incontinence can occur and can be managed with Kegel exercises

Hormone shifts can affect mood and can lead to postpartum depression

Self-care and emotional support from loved ones is important for a mother's overall well-being