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New Moms: What Lies Ahead

Now that you’ve given birth, you’re about to begin an exciting new chapter in your life.

Here’s a quick introduction to what you can expect in the upcoming days.

Your first night home

It’s great to get home after giving birth. But the first days can be a challenge for everyone —especially your baby.

After all, your baby has to deal with a different bed and new sounds, smells. and light. In fact, everything is different from the hospital environment.

That’s quite an adjustment for a newborn. And it explains why your baby may cry even after being changed and fed.

So hang in there. And remember. Things will gradually get better.

In the meantime, if you need help, advice or information, just contact Unity. Because we want the best for you and your baby.

  • If you need help, call the August Family Birth Place at (585) 368-4020.
  • Here’s a list of books that can help.

Feeding your baby

Should you breastfeed or bottle-feed?

This decision is different for everyone. And even though we encourage new Moms to consider breastfeeding, we support your choice.

Exercising after birth

It takes time to recover from giving birth. So as soon as you feel up to it, get out of bed and walk around. In the beginning, that may be all the exercise you need.

After you get home and start feeling better, a number of exercises can improve your muscle tone.

  • Ask your Ob/Gyn provider when you can begin an active exercise program.
  • Your Ob/Gyn can recommend some good exercises for you.

Getting your 6-week check-up

Your doctor will want to see you six weeks after your baby is born to make sure you’re healing and making good progress with your recovery.

Your doctor will also ask how you’re feeling emotionally to see if you need help adjusting.

After completing the exam, your doctor may give you the “green light” to resume a more active lifestyle and engage in more vigorous exercises.

Understanding the “baby blues” & postpartum depression

After giving birth, many women experience dramatic mood swings, sadness and crying spells that can last for days at a time. This emotional roller coaster —often called the “baby blues"—affects 70 to 85% of new Moms.

Sometimes, however, these symptoms last more than two weeks. If that happens to you, it could be a sign that you have Postpartum Depression (PPD), a disorder caused by a variety of physical, biochemical, and hormonal factors.

Common risk factors for PPD

Many of the new Moms who experience Postpartum Depression have:

  • A history of severe Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Thyroid illness
  • A personal or family history of depression

Watch for these “warning signs”

  • Severe insomnia
  • Changes in appetite
  • Crying spells
  • Lack of interest in your baby & other things you normally enjoy
  • Feelings of guilt, sadness or anger
  • Withdrawal & wanting to be alone
  • The fear of being alone
  • Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your Ob/Gyn provider right away.

Learn more about PPD

Here are some resources that will help you learn more about a problem that many women experience after giving birth.

We’re here to help

If you need help or information—before, during or after your pregnancy —just contact a Unity Ob/Gyn provider. We look forward to helping your baby…your family…and you.