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When is the Postpartum Period?

The time immediately after you deliver your baby until your reproductive organs return to their pre-pregnancy state is called the postpartum period. It begins as soon as your baby is born and usually lasts five to seven weeks.

During this time, you'll likely be on "night shift" with the baby for several days or even weeks. It's important for you to sleep when the baby sleeps; focus only on caring for yourself and your baby. If possible, have family or friends help with housecleaning, laundry and cooking for the first couple of weeks.