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The days following birth

As you prepare for birth, it is also helpful to think beyond labour and delivery, and to also start to think about how you may be feeling emotionally during the first few days or weeks after your child is born.

This time can be filled with great joy, happiness and wonder. However, it is also not uncommon to also experience some emotional challenges. Making yourself aware now – before you give birth – of what these challenges may be will help you to have realistic expectations of what this time may look like for you and be prepared for the hurdles that you may face.

For this reason, it is worthwhile to educate yourself about the baby blues, how you may feel about your recovery from birth and also how you may manage situations like out-of-town guests and visitors.