Care for the mother after delivery
- 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.
More information or help needed?
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:
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.
A midwife helps pregnant women before, during and after delivery. Find a midwife in your neighbourhood:
Prenatal and postnatal care for women who migrated to Belgium
02 535 47 13
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