Blood loss can go on for 6 weeks after giving birth and can sometimes be a little more intense as you go back to do more activities. Your period will naturally come on again. When this occurs varies from woman to woman. If you are breastfeeding, it may sometimes completely stay away during the time you lactate.
Although there is no menstruation, you are fertile again after giving birth. Therefore, think carefully about the birth control that you want to use. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can opt for any form of contraception: condoms, IUD, pill, the NuvaRing etc. If you breastfeed, you can use condoms, pills, IUD or Implanon. The IUD is sometimes placed after 6 weeks postpartum. Would you go on the pill, it is important to take a special pill, because breastfeeding can decrease the influence of the regular pill. The Cerazette pill is specially designed for women who are breastfeeding. Check with your doctor to talk about contraception. If you need more information you can always ask.
Children’s health clinic
After you have reported the birth of your child to the city, the children’s health clinic will contact you for an appointment. The clinic will take over the care after 10 days from birth. They will monitor the growth and development of the child, they give the child vaccinations against childhood diseases and in addition, parents can come here with all sorts of questions about health, education etc. Check the website for more information Children’s health clinic in The Hague.
We advise to wait until a week after giving birth to go out with the baby. After a week is fine, as long as your child’s temperature stays stable during the day without a hot water bottle. Dress your child according to the weather good, but not too hot. Always put a cap on and if possible preheat the stroller with pitchers. But never go for a walk with pitchers in the car.
If you want, you can still come to us for the post check. This check is not mandatory, but you may want to ask questions about pregnancy, labor, childbirth, blood loss, sutures etc. We will help you gladly. We will plan an audit on a day about 5 to 6 weeks after your birth. Make the appointment in time and call approximately 4 weeks after giving birth to our practice.