You’ve made it – Congratulations! You will most certainly want to sleep a bit now. It was beautiful. You are probably all stirred up inside about what you have just experienced and you do not want to take your gaze away from the tiny bundle lying next to you for even a moment. But at some point, you will settle down and your eyes will close...
Over the next few days, you will have to deal with a few inconveniences. However, they are nothing compared to childbirth!
If you had an episiotomy (a cut between the vagina and anus) or if your perineum tore during the birth of your child, or if you had a caesarean section, you will suffer sooner or later from wound pains. On top of this, you will also encounter afterpains in your abdomen every time your baby latches on to your breast. These post-birth contractions help shrink the uterus back to its original size again, and this can be very unpleasant.
Afterpains occur a few hours after birth and may last for several days. They are important, as they cause the uterus to return to its original size again and they stem bleeding.
Everything is fine: Your child is becoming rosier each day, Dad is floating on cloud nine, your parents and friends drop by beaming with joy to find ... you crying as you hold your baby in your arms. Out of the blue you are suddenly extremely unhappy. But why?
The answer is short and simple: The "Baby Blues", also known as postpartum depression, have hit you. Just as your hormones were completely disrupted at the start of pregnancy, they now need to get back to normal or to adjust themselves to breastfeeding. Mostly this process begins on the third day after giving birth.
Most Mums experience this low point – to a greater or lesser degree. But you can rest assured that you will be laughing it off after a few days and will then be able to enjoy your baby to the full.