Before and during birth
Generally, pregnancy lasts for several months. It goes without saying that there are many physical changes to expect during these months of pregnancy. Understandably, weight gain, stretch marks, and mood changes occur during this time as well. Throughout the pregnancy, you should regularly visit your doctor for prenatal check-ups. This ensures that you and your baby are healthy up until the delivery.
After months of being pregnant, labor signals that your baby is ready to come out. Delivery is relatively quick compared to the rest of pregnancy. You may receive medications and anesthesia during delivery. Rest is recommended after giving birth, so you most likely won’t go home right away. However, you will be able to hold and breastfeed your baby sometime after delivery.
After giving birth
After delivery, or the postpartum period, you have a chance to take a load off and breathe. Physically and mentally, delivery can be exhausting especially if you experienced long labor or a difficult delivery. Aside from feeling tired, here are some other things to expects after giving birth:
In the Philippines, maternity leave is a benefit that all working mothers are entitled to. Mothers are given up to 105 days of maternity leave, which they can avail start as early as 45 days before their expected delivery date. During this time, mothers receive their full salary and additional benefits, which may vary depending on the employer.
Maternity leave is essential to not only recover from pregnancy and delivery but also to ensure proper bonding time between the mother and her newborn. After giving birth, breastfeeding is a must for the baby. However, some mothers do not produce enough breast milk and may require donor milk, and in some scenarios, formula milk..