Most new parents are so focused on what to expect during
labor and delivery that they scarcely think about what comes next. No matter how prepared
you are, recovering from delivery and transitioning to life as parents
is a process that takes time. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose,
we provide extensive tools to new parents to ensure that they feel supported
during this time. Here is a look at what you can expect in the days following
Physical and Emotional Symptoms
For moms, hormone fluctuations begin almost immediately. As your body
reverts back to its pre-pregnancy hormone levels, you may experience sore
breasts, hot and cold flashes, and mood swings. Some mothers experience
a more severe form of emotional change called postpartum depression. Postpartum
depression usually persists for months after the birth and can lead to
significant feelings of anxiety, sadness, and guilt. Help is available,
so talk to your doctor if you are concerned about persistent depression.
In addition to hormone-related changes, you will experience physical effects
from the delivery itself, including vaginal discharge, constipation, and
episodes of pain.
In the hospital, your care team will provide extensive information about
everything from breastfeeding to safe sleeping positions for your baby.
This patient education is especially valuable for new parents and can
help you cope with the anxiety of bringing your baby home for the first time.
Newborn Mom Channel
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Newborn Mom Channel is a resource
that all new mothers can use at when they need answers about their own
care and caring for their baby. As DeLynn Peltz, RN describes in this
video, new moms use the channel to find information they may have forgotten
after leaving the hospital.
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, new families always have the support
they need. We offer family-centered care in which mom and baby stay together
throughout their stay and a multilingual staff to serve our community.
You can request a referral to the
Family Birthing Center in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.