Life After Labour
Life After Labour

Pregnancy is such a time of preoccupation and preparation;  it can be hard to envisage life after the birth and in the early weeks of new motherhood. HILARY PEREIRA guides you through what to expect and how to cope.


How you may feel immediately after the birth… Emotionally


After Caesarean
If you’ve had a Caesarean, you may feel as if you haven’t given birth ‘properly’, especially if you had to have a general anesthetic. This can make it harder for the emotional connection with your baby to be established. Some new mums have even described feeling like failures as their bodies ‘let them down’ when it came to delivering naturally. The thing to focus on here is that you have a beautiful new baby – and the mechanics of how that came to be are really irrelevant now he’s finally here. Cuddle him close, try to breastfeed, enjoy skin-to-skin contact and let the love grow.