Hearing the crying voice of your little bundle of joy for the first time is an irreplaceable feeling. It ultimately makes the pangs of labor and childbirth more than worth it so, if you’re a new mother, a huge congratulations to you! But now, you need to focus on your postpartum recovery. From hair loss to depression immediately after your childbirth, the experience can be very challenging on your body. Here are some after-delivery self-care tips you can use to avoid postpartum issues.
Most new mothers find the prospect of rest a bit impossible for caring for a new baby. Babies have different time clocks, with different (and sometimes unpredictable) sleep patterns that can be overwhelming for new mothers. You should get at least eight hours of sleep every day, and you’ll need all the help you can get. So, in the first couple of weeks, rely on your partner, family, and friends to help feed and bathe your baby while you rest. Also, sleep when your baby sleeps, even if it’s just for a few minutes. And take the time to step outside for a few minutes every day. If your baby requires some special care when they’re born, rely on NICU specialists and caregivers to ease the care burden on you.
Boost your nutrition
In addition to getting all the rest you need, you should also adopt a healthy diet. Take the time to create an ideal postpartum diet plan. The weight you end up gaining during pregnancy will help your body recover while supporting breastfeeding. But you also need a balanced diet to ensure that you’re in good health for your baby. Your diet plan should include a lot of veggies, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy. You should also ensure that you increase your fluid intake. That is especially important if you’re breastfeeding.
It is not a good idea to jump straight into an exercise regime right after childbirth. However, your doctor should be able to give you the ‘green light’ when the time is right. However, when you receive the go-ahead, your exercise should not be strenuous. As already mentioned, you can start by taking walks near your home. The light movement will bring some activity back into your body, and the change of scenery will help refresh you and increase your energy level. Remember, “mildly” is very important here. Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, and you need some time to recuperate. Some even experience abdominal separation (diastasis recti) after giving birth. Here’s a list of diastasis recti exercises you can do to safely heal your diastasis recti.
Look after your delivery area
Unfortunately, no matter the type of delivery you had to go through, you will experience some pain afterward. But you can start feeling better soon if you take good care of your delivery area. You can expect to experience some pains for about a week after delivery. That depends on what type of complications you experienced or if you had other issues like tearing or received stitches. Your doctor can prescribe things like a sitz bath to help ease the pain. If you experienced a c-section, you should ensure that you follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter. You should try to avoid sexual intercourse for about six weeks after delivery.