Postpartum recovery: What to expect

The postpartum recovery period usually refers to the first 6 weeks after delivery. But some believe that it lasts for 6 months or even 1 year after giving birth.

Here is a typical timeline of postpartum recovery by

Estrogen levels drop after delivery, which can lead to what some people call the “baby blues.” These feelings of sadness, irritability, and anxiety affect up to 80% of women.

Many women experience sadness, anxiety, and shifts in mood in a week or so after childbirth. These feelings, sometimes known as the baby blues, tend to go away within 2 weeks.

In some women, the feelings go away within a few days, and they should disappear completely within 2 weeks. If they do not, it is a good idea to consult a healthcare provider.

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