- The maternity assistent regularly checks your heart rate, temperature, blood loss and the height of the uterus.
- The cervix contracts and gradually becomes smaller. These contractions can be uncomfortable.
- If you have stitches, these may be uncomfortable when you sit down. Rinse your vagina with water every day to keep it clean and ease the pain.
- Get enough rest.
- You lose blood for up to 6 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 decreases. Change sanitary towels regularly.
During pregnancy, the pelvic floor muscles stretch. After delivery, these muscles need exercise to recover. Ask your midwife or gynaecologist for advice. You might be referred to a pelvic physiotherapist.
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The first days after delivery you receive support at home from the maternity assistant. She helps you care for your newborn child. Maternity assistance is reimbursed by the standard package of health insurance (basisverzekering).
As soon as you know you are pregnant, you make an appointment with a midwife in your area. A midwife supports and advises you during your pregnancy, delivery and the period immediately after delivery.
If you are pregnant and have been given a referral, you go to a gynaecologist. The midwife or general practitioner gives you a referral.
You can talk to a general practitioner about every intimate topic. If necessary, a general practitioner can refer you to a specialised health professional. Refugees who have been granted (temporary) asylum choose a general practitioner in their municipality. Asylum seekers in an asylum seekers’ centre can consult a general practitioner at the centre.