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  • Here are more delivery and post-delivery FAQs.

     

    7.  My baby’s head was odd shaped when he was born, why is this so?

    Don’t panic. Wrinkled skin, puffy eyes, or an odd-shaped head are just natural characteristics of a newborn. The infant’s head is the largest part of the body, with a circumference as large as the chest. As the baby grows, the rest of the body will catch up. The head has molded to fit through the mother’s pelvis, giving it an odd, possibly pointed “cone” shape. Just wait a couple of months and you’ll see a cherub in the crib.

     

    8. Why do I experience chills after I delivered my child? Is this normal?

    Chills post delivery is not that common, but it can be expected. It is usually a physiological or normal reaction to change in temperature (either room or body temperature, dehydration or rapid flow of the intravenous or dextrose fluid). If there is no fever and unusual blood loss, no medical procedure is required except for keeping the patient warm with a blanket, turning off or setting low the cooling unit, and monitor that fluid flow is regulated.

     

    9. How long should we stay in the hospital?

    For normal delivery, some stay for a day or two, if both the mother and baby are in good health condition. For caesarian section delivery, hospital stay is at least four to five days. This period will allow the mother to recover from the anesthesia, surgery, and the delivery. For the baby, longer hospital stay is required to observe any untoward symptoms and to give your baby the required vaccines.

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    10. How soon can my baby be roomed in?

    Some hospitals encourage rooming-in as soon as the mother can cuddle her baby for early breastfeeding. This occurs earlier when baby is delivered through normal vaginal delivery. Rooming-in is the right of the mother, as provided for in Republic Act 7600  (“The Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act of 1992”).

    Read about the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act.

     

    11. Will I be able to breastfeed even if my baby stays in the nursery?

    Yes, definitely. As stated in the “Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act,” which includes provisions for rooming-in and breastfeeding of all babies in the hospitals, maternal-child care unit, or obstetric ward must be established in the hospitals where the baby can be roomed in at once. Or the OB ward should be adjacent to the nursery, where there is a designated breastfeeding room.

     

    12. How long will I experience a bloody discharge?

    This discharge is called lochia, which is composed of leftover blood, mucus, and tissue from your
    uterus. It is normally heavy as a menstrual period for the first three postpartum days. And though it will probably seem more copious than it really is, it may total two cups before it begins to taper off. Your discharge will be quite red for two to three days, gradually turning to a watery pink, then to brown, and finally to a yellowish white over the next week or two.

     

    SOURCES

    • Julia Bulaon-Beltran, M.D., ob-gynecologist
    • Teresa Luna, M.D., obgynecologist
    • What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, and Sandee Hathaway
    • Websites: webmd.com; parenting.com
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