During the first weeks after giving birth, called the postpartum period, your body begins to heal and adjust to not being pregnant. It's easy to get overtired and overwhelmed. Take good care of yourself. Make sure you get as much rest and help as you can.
Now you get to hold and look at your baby for the first time. It is common to feel excited, tired, and amazed all at the same time. If you plan to breast-feed, you may start to put your baby to your breast soon after birth. Don't be surprised if you have some trouble at first. Breast-feeding is something you and your baby have to learn together; you will get better with practice. If you need help getting started, ask a nurse or breast-feeding specialist (lactation consultant).
It is common to feel very emotional during the postpartum period. But if you have "baby blues" that last more than a few days or you have thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, call your doctor right away. Postpartum depression needs to be treated right away. Your doctor or midwife will want to see you for a checkup two to six weeks after delivery. This is a good time to discuss any concerns, such as birth control. If you do not want to get pregnant, be sure to use birth control, even if you are breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor about which type of birth control is best for you.