What’s Happening: Recovery Phase
What a mix of feelings—excitement, joy, awe, and relief! Your baby is placed on your abdomen and you can both take in each other as you begin skin-to-skin care. The baby’s cord is cut, optimally when it is done pulsing with rich blood from your placenta. The placenta is delivered, usually within the first 10 minutes.
Your health-care provider will make sure you are comfortable. Cold compresses are often applied to the perineum to ease discomfort and reduce swelling. Many women get after-pains (uterine cramps) and “the shakes” after childbirth.