Baby delivered with head first through the vagina with limited medical assistance is called normal delivery. This process requires the mother to go into labor. There is a phenomenon called water-breaking, which means the membrane ruptures and the amniotic fluid is released. Labor pain is regular contraction of the womb, lasting more than thirty seconds. The baby is delivered with the head coming out first followed by the entire body.
After the baby is born, you will experience a surge of emotional relief as well as exhaustion. The birth support team will assist you in recuperating. You may be offered a hot drink to sip on few hours after delivery and normal diet subsequently.
As your body will be undergoing hormonal changes to meet the lactation demands, you will have to eat food that increases your calorie intake and also drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices to maintain hydration.
The mild stomach cramps experienced during post delivery stage is a result of the body’s natural way of retracting back to normalcy. Constipation is also a very common phenomenon post pregnancy. Eating a lot of fibrous food during this time helps you overcome constipation without worrying about medicines.
Breastfeeding can lead to sore nipples, but the soreness stays only in the initial phase; after which it fades out. But you must wear well-fitted bra to support your breasts.
If you have had a normal delivery, you can start doing mild exercises soon after because there is no incision and the little cut on the vagina heals in no time. A little bit of exercise is good for shedding your baby fat and in digesting food. Use specially formulated creams or oils to reduce the stretch marks.
You could be experiencing distress and euphoria at the same time post pregnancy, owing to the varied hormonal changes going on in your body. It is absolutely normal, so find your leisure time, do things that make you happy and don’t worry anything else other than giving your best to your baby.