There are a number of physical and emotional changes a woman will undergo after pregnancy. This period is also called postpartum and lasts till about six to eight weeks beginning from the delivery of the baby and ending when the mother’s body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state.
This is the time a woman will learn how to deal and adjust with all the changes brought about by motherhood. While the new mother will dedicate all her time to the care of her newborn, it is extremely vital that she takes good care of herself as well and rebuilds her strength. Here are a few post pregnancy tips for mothers.
Find appropriate rest time
A woman’s body goes through a lot of stress during delivery. And even though she may want to relax and rest, she will soon realise that her newborn will require feeding and care more often causing her to skip on her rest hours. A new born baby usually awakens about every three hours and will need care and attention. This can cause a mother to feel extremely exhausted. Eight hours of sleep is no longer an option. In order to cope with this, try and sleep when the baby sleeps. As much as you enjoy visits from well wishers, try and squeeze in nap time even with guests around. You can use all the extra naptime you can get.
Take care of your nutritional needs
Don’t worry about eating extra calories at this stage. You will need those nutrients to rebuild your stamina. Choose a balanced diet and make sure you include grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and proteins in it.
Appoint a helper or divide household responsibilities
The baby will constantly need care whether it is feeding, cleaning or putting him/her to sleep. This will take up most of your time leaving you with no time or energy for other chores. It would be quite beneficial if you could appoint some help or share responsibilities with your partner and family members so that you can concentrate on your baby’s health as well as yours.
Beating postpartum blues
Postpartum depression is a serious condition that affects many new mothers. Observing and accepting all the new changes can be quite overwhelming causing a dip in a woman’s mood. You can beat this with the right support from you partner and also from your family and friends. Try to minimise all stress related activities. Engage in relaxing techniques like yoga and meditation to help you beat these postpartum blues.