Enjoying being a new mom? Yes we bet you are! Now that you are free and your little one has just greeted the world “Hello”, it is time you start taking care of yourself more as the postpartum period is very crucial. This period of six to eight weeks, right after you give birth to your child involves a lot of physical and emotional changes while you focus on learning to take care of the baby.
Taking care post pregnancy, includes taking proper nutrition, sleeping right and getting enough rest and a proper vaginal care.
Healthy & Nutritious Diet:
Your body goes through dramatic changes during and post pregnancy & labor. It is crucial to take care of your diet and get enough nutrition to accept these changes.
During pregnancy, you must have gained enough weight to ensure proper nutrition during breastfeeding. But it is also important to continue eating healthy post delivery to avoid fatigue and get enough strength to take care of your baby as well.
According to the experts, the mothers who are breast-feeding should eat as and when they are hungry. Also take care of these few things while you focus on a nutritious and a healthy diet.
- Drink plenty of liquid
- Try to eat low fat foods that balances protein & carbohydrates. Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Say NO to high-fat snacks
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
Sleep Right and Take Rest
Being a new mother you need more strength and hence getting enough sleep and rest is important to avoid being tired. Try these tips.
- If possible try and sleep while your baby is sleeping. This is the best time to take rest as you don’t worry about your child’s need.
- Try to sleep near to your baby’s crib so that feeding becomes easy
- You may try and allow someone else to feed the baby with a bottle so that you can sleep well.
Proper Vaginal Care
Your vagina may have experienced quite a trauma during labor. You must take care of it post pregnancy and make it an essential regime. You may experience these few symptoms.
- Contractions during the first few days after delivery
- Vaginal discharge that may include some small blood clots
- Soreness in the vagina incase you have had a tear during delivery
- Pain or frequent urge to urinate may occur in some instances
Visit your doctor regularly post delivery and discuss such symptoms to receive appropriate treatment. You should avoid sexual intercourse for approximately four to six weeks to ensure your vagina has enough time to heal.
It is essential you take care of yourself during and post pregnancy and stay as healthy as possible. Make sure you follow all your healthcare appointments on schedule and follow all instructions given by your doctor. This will help you maintain good health of your baby and yourself.