When you hold your baby in the hospital, your brain is in a total love overdrive. Skin that is delicious! They promise-filled eyes! And you may be so consumed with this baby a favor from you that you will not even mind the inconvenience that childbirth can bring.
Did you spend a lot of time preparing for the baby, but have you prepared for your own recovery?
Many new mothers were surprised that postpartum recovery can take weeks, even months. But it makes sense when you think about it. You just spent 9 months growing and gestating new life – it should take at least that long for your body to recover!
To be honest, when it comes to postpartum care and postpartum recovery, you’re left high and dried after you come home from the hospital. Your ob-gyn will tell you to make an appointment for six weeks after giving birth to check your physical recovery. Six weeks! Lots going on at the time, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The following are 8 essential tips that can help you with postpartum recovery.
1. Relax and have a good Sleep. The thing that your body needs more after childbirth is rest – both physically and mentally. To maximize your recovery, let others around you cook and clean for you and also let others take care of your baby throughout the day so you can get sleep whenever possible. Especially if you are breast-feeding and the “chief supply,” someone else to be designated the “Chief Lollipop” – responsible diapers change, diapers and cleaning your baby – so you can get a little more sleep
2. Have a healthy snack every time you feed a baby if you have no appetite. Have a regular napping time. Ask people around you to support change, burp, baby bring comfort and only baby to breastfeeding extend your sleep when tired. Having a good support system and do not be afraid to ask for help. Enjoy the sun whenever you can. Have a nice activity to look forward to every week. Try to get out of the house, but if you can not do something you enjoy at home or pamper yourself. Relax and enjoy your baby. Use what works for you and do not try to follow everyone’s advice.
3. Accept body changes. Along with changes in emotion, you will experience body changes after childbirth, such as weight gain. As we all know, weight loss does not happen overnight, so be patient. After the doctor said it was OK to exercise, start with moderate activity a few minutes a day and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workout. Walk, swim, or join an aerobics class.
Losing weight also involves eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and grains. Every new mother loses weight at a different pace, so do not compare your weight loss efforts to others. Breastfeeding can help you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight faster because it increases your daily calorie burn.
4. Be hydrated always. Keep drinking water to flush out excess fluids and keep hydrated. Accept help from anyone willing to cook a meal, shopping or doing housework so you can relax and spend more time enjoying your new baby. Go out for a walk. Fresh air and using the activity to restore and rejuvenate the mind and sleep-deprived body as well as enhance the blues!
5. Be true to your emotions. The time after having a baby is often incredibly emotional. Of course, you feel tons of excitement and love for your new addition, but it is also completely normal to feel scared, overwhelmed, anxious, tired or exhausted. Feel this way does not mean you’re a bad mother. Be kind to yourself as you ride the new roller coaster mother – every day can be different, and that’s fine.
If you begin to feel something that seems more than the typical “baby blues”, alert your support system of friends and family members and talk to a health professional. It is important to get early treatment if you have postpartum depression or another disorder status mood after childbirth.
6. Prioritize Yourself. Yes, everyone wants to meet, touch and cuddle the baby after birth, but do not let yourself and your needs get lost in all the adoration baby. The great thing for a new baby is a mother who is happy, healthy, and supported. Make sure you get everything you need, including a nutritious diet, plenty of fluids, and rest. Sometimes, it means asking for help outside of your immediate family – consider asking the public to help with food or care for children. One way to make sure you connect with yourself during the postpartum period is to prioritize doing a “normal” thing every day. Try to take a walk, have a relaxing bath, or see friends.
7. Do not Strain. It’s important to make sure your stomach to work regularly, but do not push or strain to help with movement. Drink plenty of fluids, eat foods high in fiber, and taking Colace help to soften your stool. Trying to dirt will increase the pressure on the parts that are already sick and need healing.
8. Ask for Help or Assistance. Relatives and friends will want to visit and meet your new baby. Taking advantage of their presence and asking for help. Do not be too shy to ask them for a walk with the baby for half an hour so you can rest. Asking someone to take out the trash, walking the dog, fold laundry, or heat up some remains of what they do is one less thing you have to worry about. Do not worry about being bossy mother-you are now, and “bossy” is your new middle name, it is a good practice.
Placing a relaxed mind and body in the days following childbirth: start planning your postpartum recovery today.
These tips will help postpartum recovery, but there is no substitute for a peaceful environment and a qualified team of compassionate caregivers.