What to Expect After Delivery

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! The physicians at Premier Women’s Care have some helpful hints to ensure a pleasant recovery.

Your recovery in the hospital typically lasts for two days following a vaginal delivery, and three days following a cesarean delivery. This time is necessary to provide care for you and to give you time and support for the care of your new infant. We recommend that visitors are limited during this time to allow rest and recovery following your delivery. Your physician will visit you daily during your stay.

Pain Control
Pain medications are prescribed by the doctor following delivery. We recommend ibuprofen-related medications following a vaginal delivery. Additional narcotic medications are prescribed following a cesarean delivery or for episiotomy pain. Please notify your nurse if your pain is not adequately controlled.

Perineal Care
Some women experience swelling and discomfort in the vaginal or perineal area following delivery. Ibuprofen medications and cold packs are helpful with such discomfort. In addition, your nurse will instruct you on performing sitz baths. These can be done several times daily for pain relief and to improve the healing process.

Infant Feeding
Mothers who desire to breastfeed may request assistance from the lactation consultants at Prisma Health. Messages can be left for the consultants 24 hours a day at (864) 455-2229 (BABY). We recommend breastfeeding mothers familiarize themselves with pumping as well as other supplementation methods, such as cup or syringe feeding. Nipple soreness and uterine cramping usually diminish 2-3 weeks after delivery. Lansinoh nipple cream may be applied to the breasts as necessary. Avoid wearing breast pads too long, as it is best to change them frequently to prevent breast infections. You may continue to contact the lactation consultants at the hospital after you have been discharged to address additional breastfeeding concerns. If you plan to bottle feed, we recommend that you wear a tight-fitting bra and avoid breast stimulation to decrease milk production. You may use ibuprofen and apply cold compresses to the breasts for pain relief. We do not prescribe medications to suppress breast milk production, as these have unacceptable side effects.

Vaginal Bleeding
Vaginal bleeding following delivery is initially similar to a heavy menstrual cycle. The bleeding will begin to decrease several days following delivery, but can continue intermittently until your postpartum examination. It is normal to experience a brief increase in vaginal bleeding after breastfeeding. If bleeding volume increases significantly, saturating multiple sanitary pads within an hour or is associated with passage of very large blood clots; your nurse or doctor should be contacted.

Bowel Function
A regular diet is recommended immediately following a vaginal delivery, and after nausea has resolved following a cesarean section. We recommend daily stool softeners during your hospital stay and continued after your discharge home. Stool softeners can be purchased over-the-counter at the pharmacy. It is important to drink plenty of liquids during your recovery to prevent constipation.

Infant Concerns
Circumcisions are performed on male infants by your pediatrician. Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) is a common condition in newborn infants, especially in breastfed newborns. This condition usually does not the prolong hospital stay. Please communicate any concerns regarding your newborn with your pediatrician.

Choosing your baby’s doctor
We recommend that you select your pediatrician prior to the delivery of your baby. One of your best resources in making this decision is the recommendation of another parent. Another resource is our comprehensive list of pediatric offices associated with Prisma Health’ Children’s Hospital, where kids receive world-class care in their own backyard. Click here to learn more about these physicians and primary care pediatric offices.

After selecting your provider, confirm with the office that he/she is accepting new patients, your insurance plan is accepted by the provider, and whether an initial interview with you is requested prior to your baby’s delivery. Also inquire if your provider has privileges at Greenville Memorial Hospital as this is where your baby will be delivered.

Premier Women’s Care

209 Three Bridges Road
Greenville, SC 29611

Phone: 864-522-5500
Fax: 864-241-9207