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What You Should Know About Postpartum Activities

General Activity:

For the first two weeks, get as much rest as possible. Concentrate on baby care for the first week. Gradually increase your activity. Avoid strenuous activity and lifting.


Up to several times a day for the first week, gradually increase.

Abdominal Cramps:

“After pains” usually stop within 2-3 days. If cramps are troublesome, use Tylenol every four hours.


Oral contraceptive pills may be started shortly after delivery. Other methods to use before returning to the office are condoms and contraceptive foam, both are available without a prescription. Please contact your doctor if you are interested in another method.


You may return to work after 4-6 weeks.

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