Newborns need extra special care, but so do new mamas. Women who have just given birth can have many physical...

Newborns need extra special care, but so do new mamas. Women who have just given birth can have many physical changes to deal with. Here's what you can expect, and how to care for your symptoms... new mama careSwelling: Your legs, feet, face, and belly may feel swollen. The swelling may be due to pain relief medication during labor, which is given with fluids that can swell your body. It can also be due to hormonal changes. Drink plenty of water to flush out your system, and keep your feet elevated when you're relaxing. Bleeding: Bleeding is common, although you may just have spotting. This can go on for about six weeks on and off, so be sure to have a maxi pad supply on hand. Organic or chlorine free unbleached pads are best. Cramping: You'll experience cramping after your baby is born, and it can be worse while you're breastfeeding. Sometimes these cramps feel like light menstrual cramps, and other times they can feel way worse. One thing you can try is to make sure you take your pain medication about a half hour before you breastfeed. Talk to your midwife or doctor about which pain relief is safe for breastfeeding mamas. See more new mama body changes...

Sore breasts: You may have sore nipples because you're not used to breastfeeding. This should stop - if the soreness doesn't stop, it means an infection OR your baby is not latched on correctly during feeding. Talk to a lactation consultant about solutions to breastfeeding problems. If your breasts are sore all over it could mean your milk is coming in, or that you have an infection, or that your breasts are simply chock full of milk. Feeding your baby regularly will help the pain, and you can also try placing cold cabbage in your nursing bra. If your breasts feel hot, hard, and painful, see a doctor right away because that's a sign of infection and you'll need antibiotics. Constipation: Most mamas are freaked about bathroom time after their baby arrives. Not going will make things worse though, and can cause hemorrhoids. Try to eat plenty of veggies and fruit and drink HUGE amounts of water. For more new mama tips read:

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