Health Tip: Healing After Baby is Born

(HealthDay News) -- Recovering after having a baby takes time, patience and extra care.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers suggestions for new mothers:

  • Be sure to drink eight to 10 glasses of water each day.

  • Be prepared for vaginal discharge.

  • Don't lift anything heavy.

  • Avoid using stairs until your doctor has given you the OK.

  • Don't drive until you can comfortably wear a seat belt, make quick movements and your doctor tells you it's OK.

  • Call your doctor if you have redness or swelling at the incision.