- Your newborn baby may look wrinkled and red.
- The baby's head may be a bit out of shape from birth and will be large compared to its body.
- The top of the baby's head will have soft spots in front and back.
- Your baby's eye color will be dark grey, but may change during the next few weeks.
- Your baby can focus in your face.
- The baby's breasts (both boys and girls) may be swollen for a few days.
- A baby boy may have a swollen scrotum.
- A baby girl may have a little bloody vaginal discharge.
- Your baby can respond to your voice, touch and grasp your finger, suck its fingers, and nurse.
- You may feel tired and happy.
- You want to cuddle your new baby.
- You will want to eat, sleep and bathe.
- If you had an episiotomy, your episiotomy incision will be sore.
- If you had a Cesarean section, your abdomen will be sore.
- You may have trouble urinating because of swollen tissues.
- You will lose weight, as fluid is lost through frequent urination.
- You may sweat a lot to get rid of extra fluid.
- You will have a vaginal discharge (lochia) of blood from the uterus, which may be present for one to five weeks after birth.
- You will not have milk for several days. Colostrum will nourish your baby until your breast milk comes in.
- Your abdomen will stay large until your muscles tighten.
- Hold, cuddle, touch and enjoy your baby.
- Talk with your partner about the birth experience.
- Repeat Kegel exercises after birth.
- Get up and walk as soon as you can.
- Rest when you are tired.
- Drink lots of liquids and eat when you are hungry.
- To increase milk flow, breastfeed soon after delivery and as needed.