Don't be concerned if you pass occasional blood clots, as long as they are smaller than a golf ball. Use pads, rather than tampons, during this time. If you have a perineal tear or episiotomy that is healing, change the pad at least every 4 hours to help prevent irritation and infection.
You may have some difficulty urinating for a day or two after delivery. You may also have constipation or discomfort with bowel movements for a few days after delivery. Drink plenty of water and juices to lessen constipation and help you stay more comfortable.
In the days, and sometimes weeks, after delivery, it is not unusual to urinate more frequently than usual. Your body is ridding itself of the extra fluid from pregnancy. Some women also sweat heavily as they lose their extra fluid.
It is not unusual to have sore muscles (especially in your arms, neck, or jaw) after delivery. This is from the hard work of labor and should go away in a few days. You may also have bloodshot eyes or facial bruising from vigorous pushing.
You may have pain, discomfort, or numbness around your vagina. If you had a cesarean delivery (C-section), an episiotomy, or a tear in your vagina, you may have discomfort when you sit or walk. Your first bowel movement may be quite painful if you have had an episiotomy or tear in your vagina. Taking stool softeners and drinking lots of fluids can help soften stools and ease pain.
Between the third and fourth days after delivery, your breasts begin to fill with milk. This can cause breast discomfort and swelling (engorgement). Placing ice packs on your breasts may relieve the discomfort of engorgement. Some women find a hot shower or warm compresses on the breasts are more comforting.
During the first days of breast-feeding, your nipples will probably become tender or sore. However, as breast-feeding becomes more established, the soreness usually goes away.