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Postpartum Care Instructions

If you have any questions or concerns about postpartum instructions, please call our Rochester office at (585) 232-3210 for appointment information. If you’re a Penfield  patient, please visit our office in this area for assistance.

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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.


Limit for the first few weeks.


Use tub or Sitz baths several times a day if uncomfortable.


Showers, tub baths, and hair washing as desire. NO DOUCHING.

Vitamins and Iron

Continue the vitamins and iron for one month. If you are nursing, continue until you stop.

Postpartum Examination

Please call our office within one week to make your six-week appointment.

Abdominal Cramps

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


If breast feeding, keep nipples clean and dry. Your breasts should be well supported. If bottle feeding and breasts feel uncomfortable, wear a binder or a snug bra. Continue until comfortable for two days. Apply an ice pack 3-4 times a day. Limit your fluids. If necessary, pain medication can be ordered.


Use Milk of Magnesia, if necessary. If stools are still hard, take a mild stool softener as directed. This can be purchased over the counter; a prescription is not necessary.


Use Sitz bath as needed. Apply surfacaine or nupercainal ointment as necessary. No prescription is needed.


Some discharge is present for 2-3 weeks, occasionally longer. At first it is red, gradually changing to pink, then yellow-gray. Sometimes with excessive activity the discharge returns to red for several days. The return of menstruation is variable.

Non-nursing mothers – 6-10 weeks
Nursing mothers – 10-12 weeks


Wait until you are comfortable, but not before two weeks. Remember the possibility of becoming pregnant exists, whether or not your menses has returned (including when you are nursing), although fertility is not usual until six weeks after delivery.


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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After two weeks. Avoid fatigue and overexertion. Get out of car frequently to walk and maintain circulation.

Cesarean Section Birth

Your skin is healing nicely by the time of your discharge from the hospital. The paper tape (Steri-strips) is there to provide extra support to the skin while it finishes healing. The Steri-strips will fall off on their own; you can remove them after two weeks if they haven’t. Some numbness, itching or sensitivity is normal. The tougher tissue below the skin takes longer to heal. The stitches used to close the incision will dissolve slowly on their own. You should limit straining for the first two weeks after delivery. Gradually increase your activity, as you feel comfortable.

Please call our office if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever or chills-please check you temperature before calling
  • Excessive, heavy, or prolonged bleeding
  • Frequency or burning with urination
  • Swelling and/or tenderness with redness in one area of your breast
  • Marked depression or anxiety

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COVID-19 Update

Telemedicine visits are now available. Please call our office at (585) 641-0399 to book your appointment, or request an appointment online today!

Genesee Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

If you are or your anyone in your family is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or have travelled outside the country recently (in the last 14 days), please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (585) 641-0399.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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