After Delivery Care – New Mother

It is so amazing to think something so small creates so much disruption.

So much happens to a woman emotionally and physically following the birth of her child, these postpartum changes usually last for about 6-8 weeks, until you start to feel in control again.

During the first few weeks, it is crucial for new moms to find the time to regain their strength, take care of themselves, get rest and also seek assistance handling your newborn with the help of family and friends.

Get tons of rest:
Typical newborns have their own inbuilt time clocks which is  very different from adults. A typical newborn baby needs to be fed, changed and comforted every three hours.  For first time mother’s these tasks can be daunting and result in exhaustion, however,here are some ways to help get that balance and feel a little less overwhelmed.

– The saying is true. Sleep when your baby sleeps. We understand you feel that while you child is a sleep this is the perfect time to do the laundry, cook a meal, clean the house. But believe us when we say you will have time for that later and when the baby sleeps it is your time to also get some uninterrupted rest which is extremely important for your body to heal.

– Taking care of your baby is your priority, so get help from your partner, family member or friends for other tasks and rid yourself of other work.
– Follow advice from your healthcare provider. Take walks everyday for some fresh air and change of space.
– Keep the baby’s cradle close to your bed so to save yourself running back and forth every time the baby wakes up.

Get the best nutrition:
A woman’s body changes greatly during child-birth. A healthy diet is crucial for a road towards recovery and healing. Taking care of yourself is important so that you can can function properly and take care of the baby.

Whether you breastfeed or formula feed your child, a well-balanced meal comprising of food choices from all five categories that are required for a healthy diet:
Grain – Food made from barley, wheat, oat or rice.
Vegetables – Vary your vegetables from green, red, orange, starchy & legumes (beans and peas).
Fruits – Fruit or fruit juices are good for you.
Dairy – Focus on milk products that are low-fat or fat-free & high on calcium.
Protein – Choose a variety of products. Focus more on low-fat and lean meats.

Drink Up:

While breastfeeding it is very important to increase the intake of fluids and water.  Keep a pitcher of water next to you and drink it regularly. New mums will notice that they get very thirsty.

Exercise & Physical Activity:
Losing the weight gained during pregnancy can take several months to lose. Extensive exercise and dieting can be detrimental to a mother’s health.

However, mild and easy exercise can help get you in shape faster. As well as a well-balanced diet avoiding carbs and high-fat snacks.

A few minutes of walking everyday {its not a few – lets say 15 mins} and mild yoga can do wonders for a new mother.

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