Postpartum Care

  • Dwenda K. Gjerdingen

Abstract

The postpartum period, originally thought to encompass only the first 6 weeks after childbirth, frequently continues for a much longer time.1,2 It is a stage defined not only by involution of the uterus and healing of perineal tissues but also by changes in other body systems, including the breasts, endocrine organs, integument, and respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems. In addition, for many women the months after childbirth are characterized by profound changes in energy, mental health, and general well-being. Other family members may also experience physical and emotional changes, so the postpartum period is both an individual and a family event. To support individuals through this transition, it is important that health care providers give effective “routine” care, recognize and manage early and delayed postpartum problems as they occur, and provide education to families that optimizes their health during this time.

Keywords

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Necrotizing Fasciitis Postpartum Depression Postpartum Hemorrhage White Blood Count 
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