(HealthDay News) -- New mothers may be so consumed with their newborns that they forget the ordeal of childbirth. How quickly their bodies actually recover is another story.
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The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions of what new mothers may experience:
- Tender, full breasts.
- Constipation for a few days.
- Soreness and stitching if you tore or had an episiotomy.
- Hot flashes and periods of cold chills.
- Pain as your uterus may still contract for a few days.
- Bleeding or discharge.
- An initial weight loss equal to the weight of the baby, placenta, and amniotic fluid. Don't expect to lose too much right away.
-- Diana Kohnle
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