The afterbirth

The afterbirth is the final phase of your birth. Although your child has already seen the first light, you are (unfortunately) not ready yet. The afterbirth means that the placenta, or placenta, is still to be born. Usually this happens after 15 minutes, but it can happen that a longer time passes, to about one hour.

Naweeën and the birth of the placenta

You notice that the afterbirth starts because you get after-effects. These contractions cause your uterus to contract. This will release the placenta. This is also the moment your uterus starts to shrink. Usually the placenta already comes out after a few presses. In the afterbirth it is very important that everything that was still in the womb comes out. If something is left, this can cause infections. The doctor will check this by checking whether the placenta is still intact and whether the membranes have come into the whole. After this check you can decide what can happen to the placenta.

When the placenta is left after giving birth, we have to intervene, we have written a separate article about this.

Eating a nagebood ?!

Most women should not think about it, but there is a larger group of women who believe that eating the afterbirth can have a healing effect. Because of the many nutrients the recovery would be accelerated after delivery. It is important to be well informed and to make a choice that you yourself fully support.

What happens after the afterbirth?

If the placenta is born entirely and your uterus is completely empty, the afterbirth is over. As soon as the placenta is no longer connected to you and your child can breathe independently, the umbilical cord is cut. If you have been cut during delivery or if a tear has developed, you will be attached immediately after the afterbirth.

Did you know this? Do not discard the umbilical cord directly but store the stem cells from the umbilical cord!

Afterbirth man: What happens to your child during delivery?

If your child is still in the womb, the lungs are filled with amniotic fluid. It is not necessary for the baby to breathe as he or she gets oxygen through the placenta. Fortunately, your child does exercise the muscles that it needs to breathe independently later on.

During birth, so when your baby goes through the birth canal, the amniotic fluid is squeezed out of the lungs. Once born, your baby gets real air for the first time. If your baby cries immediately after birth, that is always a good sign: the lungs can work so well. Do not worry if your child does not cry immediately, on average it takes about a minute.

Naea after the afterbirth

After birth, your womb returns to its original state. This can result in after-effects. You can still suffer for a while because your body needs time to recover. In the afterbirth, the placenta leaves behind a wound area in your uterus when it comes loose. It is therefore very common that you still have a few days after delivery. After a few days this will be less, but you can assume that you have some blood loss until about 6 weeks. This does not necessarily have to be 6 weeks, there are women after 2 weeks no longer flow.

The after-effects can be more severe if you are breast-feeding. This has to do with the hormones that are released by breastfeeding. These hormones stimulate the contraction of your uterus.

There is a good book about defecating and the 1st year after delivery, which contains many recognizable things that can help you. Mama's first year is available at

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