Postnatal Care

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Postnatal care is the care given to the mother and her newborn baby immediately after the birth and for the first six weeks of life.

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Quality Postnatal Care

A healthy welcome for your new bundle of joy.

Postnatal care is the care given to the mother and her newborn baby immediately after the birth and for the first six weeks of life.

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  • What is postnatal care?

    Postnatal care is the care given to the mother and her newborn baby immediately after the birth and for the first six weeks of life.

  • What are the “danger” signs and symptoms during the postnatal period?

    • Mothers are advised to seek a doctor’s consult if they notice the have the following signs after delivery;
    • Excessive and prolonged bleeding after delivery
    • Feeling faint/ light-headed
    • Abdominal pain 
    • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
    • Headaches and visual disturbances
    • Painful leg swelling (usually involving one leg)
    • Sharp central chest pain with difficulty breathing
    • Fever and generalized weakness
    • Discharge/pain/ swelling at Caesarean section scars
    • The newborns may equally have danger signs that warrant an urgent review by a pediatrician or a general practitioner. These include;
    • High body temperature
    • Poor feeding
    • Persistent vomiting
    • Skin changes – wrinkling (a sign of dehydration); rashes with pus within them;
    • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
    • Excessive sleepiness/ lethargy
    • Failure to pass urine or stool in the first 48 hours

  • More About Postnatal Care

    What goes on in a postnatal visit? 

    A postnatal visit typically involves two specialists; an obstetrician/gynecologist for the mother and a pediatrician for the newborn. The visit is best done when both these specialists are available. The gynecologist will be concerned with the well being of the mother and typically inquires about any danger signs after delivery.The specialist then examines the mother and recommends tests or treatment where necessary.

    The pediatrician is more focused on the child and will inquire about the baby’s well being including; breastfeeding, passing of stools, any fevers or lethargy. A physical examination follows, and lab tests may be recommended where necessary.

    Both usually offer counseling on proper hygiene and nutrition in the postnatal period.

  • What are the most common postnatal health complications?

    • New born babies are susceptible to several conditions including;
    • Low birth weight. These are typically babies born prematurely an as such tend to have not achieved the ideal birth weight.
    • Prematurity;These are babies born before their due date and usually prone to infections and other related complications.
    • Neonatal jaundice. New born babies may develop yellowness of the eyes and skin between the third day of life to a week. However, if the yellowness develops earlier or persists for longer than the said duration a doctor’s checkup is advisable.
    • New born infections which may manifests as refusal to breast feed, fever, irritability, yellowness of the eyes and convulsions.
    • Mother are predisposed to a number of conditions after delivery. They include;
    • Infections involving surgical sites for mothers who underwent cesarean section.
    • Anemia (due to blood loss during delivery)
    • Clotting of blood especially in the legs
    • Complications of high blood pressure
    • Complications Diabetes in pregnancy

  • What tests are done during the postnatal visit?

    Depending on the history obtained by the postnatal care provider, lab tests may be ordered to assess the patient’s health status further. These are usually blood tests to check for blood group and haemoglobin levels They may also be used to rule out any ongoing infections. Click here to find your desired postnatal lab test.

  • What is the importance of getting my newborn baby immunized?

    The newborn’s immune system is not fully developed and as such, there is increased susceptibility to infectious illnesses. The immunizations, as well as breastmilk from the mother, help boost the baby’s immune system.

    The immunizations given at birth provide almost life-long immunity to diseases such as polio and tuberculosis. This is a crucial step in safeguarding the future of your newborn.

    The immunizations are given according to a standardized schedule for the next 2 years. Booster doses may be given thereafter in special circumstances.

    Learn more about the available well-baby vaccinations here.

  • What about my newborn's oral health?

    Dental check-ups are recommended from early on in life. Abnormalities in the structures of the face and mouth are more easily correctable once diagnosed early.

    It is advisable to book a dental check-up in case you notice any abnormalities or if you have any other concerns regarding your child’s oral health.

    However, simple dental hygiene techniques such as wiping the gums with a soft clean cloth after every feeding go a long way in preventing gum and tooth decay.

  • What are the best skin products to use for my newborn?

    Newborn skin can be quite sensitive to foreign chemicals. Therefore it is advisable to use natural skincare products which are dye-free and fragrance-free. Petroleum jelly and diaper rash ointment also come in handy when trying to soothe irritated skin.

    Safe babies’ skincare products and other newborn accessories are available here.

    paediatrician consult is advised when rashes or skin changes persist despite the use of the home remedies mentioned above.

  • How can I plan for my future family after delivery?

    It is possible to stay up to 6 months without conceiving if you have been exclusively breastfeeding your newborn. However, you may want to space your future pregnancies. A consultation with a general medical doctor or obstetrician/gynecologist is advisable to get all the information you require about family planning.

Frequenty Asked Questions

  • What is the Ponea Health Postnatal booking experience?

    The Ponea Health e-commerce platform offers a one-stop point for postnatal care packages. Book a certified and vetted facility conveniently at the comfort of your home, hotel, or office.

  • What is Ponea Health Price comparison?

    Ponea health is an aggregator of various health services and providers that work in tandem to guarantee holistic patient care. Through Ponea Health e commerce platform, you are able to compare and array of vetted providers such as doctors, laboratories and imaging centers offering similar services at different price points and locations. This allows you to select one within your budget and convenience in terms of location.

  • Do I have to visit a hospital to get my lab samples taken?

    Through the Ponea Health mobile phlebotomy services, you can get your samples conveniently collected by a vetted professional at the comfort of your home, office, or hotel . The short turnaround times for sample processing and dispatch of results to both yourself and the doctor guarantees prompt diagnosis and treatment.

  • How do I get my medications?

    Ponea Health e-pharmacy platform is a 24-hour service that is dedicated to delivering medication promptly and conveniently to your home or preferred pick-up point. Through the upload prescription functionality, you can submit your prescription and get your medication delivered right to your doorstep.

  • What do the ratings on my doctor mean?

    Doctors on the Ponea Health e-commerce platform are rated based on a combination of their qualifications, continuous professional advancement and overall patient satisfaction. This guarantees you get the highest attainable level of care.

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