• The doctor or midwife regularly checks your heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, blood loss and dilation of the cervix.
  • The cervix contracts and gradually shortens. These contractions can be uncomfortable.
  • If you had an incision between the vagina and the anus (perineum), the stitches may be uncomfortable when you sit down. Rinse your vagina twice a day with running water to keep it clean and ease the pain.
  • Get enough rest.
  • You lose blood for up to 8 weeks after delivery. First the blood is bright red. Then it becomes a brown colour. Later on, it can become yellow or white. The amount of blood diminishes. Change sanitary towels regularly.

Your menstrual period returns about 6 weeks after delivery. If you breast-feed your baby, it takes longer.

During pregnancy, the pelvic floor muscles stretch. After delivery, these muscles need exercise to recover. Ask your doctor or midwife for advice.

A woman who has recently given birth is holding her baby on her belly.
  • De dokter of vroedvrouw controleert regelmatig uw hartslag, temperatuur, bloeddruk, bloedverlies en hoogte van de baarmoederhals
  • De baarmoeder trekt samen en wordt geleidelijk kleiner. Deze samentrekkingen kunnen onaangenaam zijn.    
  • Als u hechtingen heeft, kunnen ze ongemakkelijk zijn wanneer u zit. Spoel uw vagina 2 keer per dag met stromend water om ze proper te houden en de pijn te verzachten. 
  • Rust voldoende.
  • U verliest bloed tot 8 weken na de bevalling. Eerst is het bloed helderrood. Dan wordt het bruinig. Daarna kan het geel of wit worden. De hoeveelheid bloed vermindert. Vervang regelmatig het maandverband.

Ongeveer 6 weken na de bevalling komt uw menstruatie weer op gang. Als u borstvoeding geeft, kan dit langer duren. 

Tijdens de zwangerschap rekken uw bekkenbodemspieren uit. Na de bevalling moet u deze spieren trainen zodat ze kunnen herstellen. Vraag advies aan uw gynaecoloog of vroedvrouw. Zij kunnen u doorverwijzen naar een kinesist.

Een pas bevallen vrouw houdt haar baby op de buik.

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Family doctor
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
Community health centre (wijkgezondheidscentrum)
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
Gynaecologist
In Belgium, you can make an appointment directly with the gynaecologist without a referral from your family doctor. However, your family doctor can help you find a gynaecologist.
Midwife
A midwife helps pregnant women before, during and after delivery. Find a midwife in your neighbourhood:
Aquarelle
Prenatal and postnatal care for women who migrated to Belgium
02 535 47 13
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Amerijtje
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
070 22 23 54
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Bakermat
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
016 20 77 40
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Kraamvogel
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
03 238 11 00
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg De Wieg
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
0473 45 14 38, 050 33 02 70
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Kraamkaravaan
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
09 333 57 60
Expertisecentrum Kraamzorg Volle maan
Information about a desire to have children, pregnancy, delivery, maternity care, breast-feeding and parenthood.
02 229 25 58, 0478 88 11 86
Kind en Gezin
Assistance to (prospective) parents with information, practical tips and medical follow-up until the child is 3 years of age. Services are for free.
078 150 100
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