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How Long Will I Be in the Hospital After Delivery?

Barring complications, here's how long you can expect to stay in the hospital after giving birth.
ByPaula Kashtan
Updated
May 5, 2017
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If you have a totally smooth vaginal birth, you’re likely to head home within 24 to 48 hours of delivery. You’ll have to rest a bit after pushing out baby and wait for any anesthesia to wear off, and your doctor may want to monitor you and baby for the first day or so to make sure no problems develop. Then, if all is well, you’re likely to be back in your pad in no time.

Keep in mind that you may need to stick around for awhile if you have a cesarean (typically two to four days) or any complications. Use your extra time in the hospital to take advantage of the available support, like breastfeeding and baby care classes.

Expert source: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

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