We will schedule your postpartum visit about 4-6 weeks after delivery. In addition to ensuring your physical health, we will address any concerns and answer any questions you may have related to your physical recovery from pregnancy and labor as well as address the emotional impact of having a baby. 

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is very common in women and is sometimes called the "baby blues." Pregnancy and childbirth is a very special, yet powerful and emotional, event for a woman and the feelings of excitement, anxiety, joy and even fear during and following the birth of a child can sometimes cause strong emotions. Many women experience mood swings and occasional periods where they feel like crying, which typically lasts for a few weeks after giving birth. However, women who experience deeper and prolonged depression and feelings of detachment that last for several weeks and even months after childbirth have postpartum depression and should speak to their doctor.

Women who are experiencing postpartum depression should know that they are not alone. Speak to your OB/GYN about your feelings so that your doctor can help you manage the symptoms or refer you to a mental health practitioner. Our goal is to help you get back to feeling like yourself and to be able to enjoy your new baby.

In addition to support from your physician, Postpartum Support International provides online support groups and a wealth of information. GBMC also offers classes and postpartum support.

The Federal Health and Human Services Administration runs a hotline for maternal mental health. Moms can call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) and connect with a counselor at no charge. The hotline is accessible in English and Spanish. TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746. The Maternal Mental Health Hotline is not intended as an emergency response line and individuals in behavioral health crisis should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

C-Section Discharge Instructions

Activity Limitations

  • Up and down stairs: Limited for 1 to 2 weeks
  • Driving: None for 1 to 2 weeks or until no longer taking narcotics
  • Housework: None for 6 weeks
  • Outings: As tolerated after 1 to 2 weeks
  • Exercise: None for 6 weeks
  • Sexual activity: None for 6 weeks
  • Normal physical activity: As tolerated
  • Tub bath: None for 6 weeks
  • Lifting: Do not lift anything heavier than 10 to 20 lbs for 6 weeks

Diet Instructions

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Resume regular diet
  • If you are breastfeeding, continue extra calories as you did while pregnant.

C-Section Incision Care

  • Leave the silver dressing on for as long as possible, up to 7 days. If it is still on at 7 days, carefully remove it.
  • Clean the incision gently with soap and water. Pat area dry. Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to dry steri-strips if you have them.
  • Leave steri-strips on for at least 7 days after removing the dressing.
  • Peel off the steri-strips if they are still on after 2 weeks, and you can wash the incision normally.

Other Instructions

  • You can expect bleeding or vaginal discharge for 3 to 6 weeks. It will gradually lessen and turn a brownish color.
  • Rest as much as possible. Avoid getting overtired.
  • Do not use tampons, douche, or have intercourse before seeing your doctor for your follow-up appointment.

Vaginal Delivery Discharge Instructions

Activity Limitations

  • Up and down stairs: Limited for 1 week
  • Driving: None for 1 to 2 weeks or until no longer taking narcotics
  • Housework: Limited for 6 weeks
  • Outings: As tolerated after 1 week
  • Exercise: None for 6 weeks
  • Sexual activity: None for 6 weeks
  • Normal physical activity: As tolerated
  • Tub bath: None for 6 weeks

Diet Instructions

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Resume regular diet
  • If you are breastfeeding, continue extra calories as you did while pregnant.

Other Instructions

  • You can expect bleeding or vaginal discharge for 3 to 6 weeks. It will gradually lessen and turn a brownish color.
  • Rest as much as possible. Avoid getting overtired.
  • Do not use tampons, douche, or have intercourse before seeing your doctor for your follow-up appointment.

Breastfeeding Support

Call the GBMC “Warm Line” breastfeeding advice line at 443-849-3428 with any breastfeeding questions or concerns.

Breastfeeding Education