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Your body after having a baby

Mum's first 24 hours after birth

Find out what to expect in the first 24 hours after giving birth.

Mum's first few days after giving birth

A lot happens in the first few days after the birth of your child. Find out what you can expect to happen.

Birth injury (to the mother)

Giving birth doesn't always go to plan. Injuries such as tears, pelvic floor damage or haemorrhoids, can occur — but support and treatment are availab...

Birth trauma (emotional)

There are ways to reduce your risk of an emotionally traumatic childbirth, while support and treatment are available if you experience symptoms.

Looking after your body

Over the last 9 months, your body has had to change to accommodate your growing baby and preparing to give birth.

Bladder weakness after birth

Leaking urine after childbirth is very common. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient, but there are ways to improve bladder weakness.

Pelvic floor exercises

Pelvic floor exercises help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor which come under great strain in pregnancy and childbirth.

Physiotherapy advice after pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth can be hard on your body. Read about simple exercises and healthy habits that can help you cope with many of the changes to y...

Your physical and emotional wellbeing

Bringing your baby home can be a wonderful time, but it can also be chaotic and exhausting. Life with a new baby is demanding and unpredictable.

Postnatal depression

Many women experience the 'baby blues' after pregnancy, but when feelings persist beyond these early days, it may be a sign of depression.

Anxiety and parenthood

Postnatal anxiety develops in the first year of parenthood and is common in both parents. Learn to recognise the signs and get the support you need.

Periods after pregnancy

After you've had your baby, you might be wondering how long until your periods return and if they will be the same as before your pregnancy.

Body image after having a baby

Your body can change in many ways during pregnancy and after you have given birth, but there are ways you can help your body recover and get used to t...

Losing weight after birth safely

Tips for losing weight after birth, including how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, setting realistic goals, breastfeeding and weight loss and when to see...

Safe return to exercise after pregnancy

Exercise can help you recover after childbirth, make you stronger and improve mood. Here's how to work out safely after a pregnancy.

Sex after having a baby

There are no rules about when to start having sex again after you've given birth. Don't rush into it. If sex hurts, it won't be pleasurable.

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