You have a lot to get used to after your baby is born. That’s why Capital Women's Care Howard County located in Fulton, Maryland offers postpartum care and counseling services. Providers offer help and advice on everything from breastfeeding to taking care of yourself with diet and exercise.
***If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, CALL 911 or go to the Emergency Room.
What is postpartum care?
Postpartum care starts from the moment the baby is born, After your baby is born and you go home, your life changes significantly, whether it’s your first baby or not. Capital Women’s Care offers in-office postpartum care and counseling services to help you take great care of your baby and yourself, ensuring that you both have a healthy start together. The team offers practical advice on breastfeeding and taking care of your breasts, perineum, and/or cesarean incision, as well as support for emotional changes.
What are best practices for postpartum care?
Every woman approaches motherhood differently, and how you take care of yourself and your baby is up to you. Your doctor and postpartum counselor will offer advice specific to your needs. However, some basic guidelines can help make your first days, weeks, and months of motherhood a little bit easier.
First, take care of your body. This means making sure that you still follow a healthy diet with plenty of iron and fiber to support healthy breast milk production and an active lifestyle. This could be as simple as taking a few short walks during the day and then gradually building up to more strenuous exercise. You also need to take care of your cesarean incision or any perineal tears so you heal quickly.
You also need to take care of your breasts, either to support healthy and comfortable breastfeeding or to reduce discomfort if you’ve chosen to use bottles and formula.
If you find that you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious or if you’re having thoughts about harming yourself or your baby, contact Capital Women’s Care immediately. The doctors and staff offer expert care for women who experience postpartum depression or mood disorders.
When should I call a provider for help?
As mentioned, if you experience any signs of mental health issues, call the practice right away for help. If outside of business hours, go to the Emergency Room. Other signs that you should contact your postpartum support team at Capital Women’s Care include:
Fever over 101°F
Vaginal discharge with a strong odor
Breast lump that doesn’t go away with breastfeeding
Discharge or signs of infection in your cesarean wound