The first week with your newborn

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Find out what to expect during your first week home with your newborn...

Congratulations! You’ve just given birth to a beautiful baby and it’s almost time to bring her home. But many mums are anxious about bringing baby home for the first time because they do not know what things are going to be like.

It’s completely normal to be a bit worried. Looking after a little baby is a learning experience and you will probably make some mistakes along the way in the first week.

We help you get through this first week with your newborn by telling you about a few things you could expect during this time.

The first week with your newborn can be a bit overwhelming. Find out how to get through it in one piece!


Regardless of whether you had a C-section or vaginal birth, you will probably be sore somewhere. You may even be in a fair bit of pain depending on how your delivery went.

If you had a C-section, you will probably need some pain medicine, though sometimes the pain is manageable without it. Mums who delivered vaginally might also need pain medicine, depending on if they had tearing or an episiotomy etc.

With this kind of pain down there, going to the restroom will not be fun for a while. Also, back pain might be an issue, especially if you got an epidural.

When your breast milk comes in, it may bring with some some other pains. Engorgement could make your breasts sore and if breastfeeding, your nipples might be sore until you and baby get the hang of it.

Lastly, you will probably have some small contractions while your uterus shrinks back down to size. This shouldn’t be too painful, but the occasional contraction might stop you for a second.

Avoid lifting anything weighing more than the baby during the first week and beyond. Doing so will make healing take longer and could cause long term damage as well.

Don’t worry, any lingering pain from childbirth will soon wear off.

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