Your health after birth

Introduction

Pregnancy and childbirth put a great strain on your body and it will take time to recover, particularly if you have had a difficult labour or a Caesarean section. You may have been ill after having your baby, or you may suffer from a common range of minor ailments and infections that affect new mothers. Your hospital or public health nurse will be able to supply you with details of local postnatal exercise classes.

If you have had a normal delivery, you will then have a check-up after 2 weeks and then after 6 weeks. This will be carried out either by your GP or by the hospital if you had your baby in hospital. Your GP or hospital doctor will discuss any health problems with you and may take a cervical smear.

For some women, breastfeeding is established easily, but others find it takes longer to get comfortable. Some find that the demands of a young baby and a new lifestyle make them feel low and, sometimes depressed. This is quite normal after having a baby and help is available.

You can find information on healthy eating during and after pregnancy on the Irish Nutrition and Dietitic Institute website.

Page edited: 10 February 2015