The transition to motherhood comes with joy and happiness, but also many challenges. Getting back into shape after having a baby takes time and patience. You have new nutrition and fitness needs as a new mom.
Some of your reactions and emotions may even surprise you, especially if they seem negative. Hormones and emotions are closely connected. These changes, along with the lack of sleep in the first few days after having a baby, can cause mood swings leading to sudden bouts of sadness or crying.
Urgent Warning Signs
You know your body best
While your new baby needs a lot of attention and care, it’s important to remain aware of your own body and take care of yourself, too. It’s normal to feel tired and have some pain, particularly in the first few weeks after having a baby, but there are some symptoms that could be signs of more serious problems.
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If you have any of these urgent maternal warning symptoms [pdf] during or after pregnancy, contact your health care provider and get help right away. En Español »
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