In today’s society, a woman has a baby, and not much thought is given to her postpartum health or any of the aftermath. Others are typically not aware of the difficulties of the postpartum period, making it hard for them to empathize. Granted, some women breeze through pregnancy, and hit the gym six weeks after giving birth; however, that is not common. A woman’s postpartum body goes through many changes and requires lots of care.
Additionally, it is vital that new mothers and their loved ones watch for signs of postpartum depression. While postpartum depression is not always preventable, it is essential that new mothers know how to take care of themselves postpartum, before the baby arrives. Here are five postpartum health tips:
Eat Lean and Nutritious Foods
Whether you have an emergency cesarean section or vaginal birth, new mothers need the proper nutrients so that their body can heal efficiently. During the first two weeks postpartum, it is recommended that you drink bone broth as it is packed with nutrients. Avoid inflammatory foods, such as sugar, grains, and dairy, as they may cause digestion issues. Also, be sure to eat foods loaded with proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates.
Don’t Rush Going to the Gym
Soak up all the time you have with your newborn as they are only that little for so long. Go on walks, take naps together, and get to know your new baby. It is normal to want to get back to your daily routine. However, the advice that you are ready at six weeks does not apply to everyone. Each woman is unique and may recover at a different time. Remember, when you hit the gym, ease into your workout routines and do not overdo it.
It is Okay to Want Alone Time
When a baby is first born, everyone rushes to see the newborn and the new mother. Don’t be afraid to ask people to leave, or visit you another time. A lot of new mothers wear themselves out as they feel like they cannot turn people away. Disconnect from social media, turn your phone on silent, and enjoy your time with your newborn.
Breastfeeding May Be Challenging
As we know, babies are supposed to breastfeed as breastmilk is nutrient-packed. However, it is normal for breastfeeding to not come easily for the first week or two. There are support groups equipped to handle situations like this. Some people take weeks to get comfortable breastfeeding. That is a-okay. For some women or babies, breastfeeding just doesn’t work. If you find yourself in that position, don’t feel bad. There are still ways for you to make sure your baby gets all the nutrients they need. The most important thing is that you and your baby are healthy and happy.
Give Yourself a Break
Pregnancy can cause oral health issues, fluctuations in hormones, differences in food sensitivities, and many other changes in how your body feels. It’s natural that you would want to restore some balance after pregnancy. But you just gave birth, and that is a magical experience. Enjoy being a new mother, and do not beat yourself up for not hitting the gym after week six. The time after you have given birth is essentially your fourth trimester.
Whether you’re about to have you first child or your fourth, treat yourself kindly and embrace the time you have with your newborn. Understand that not every mother is the same, and not every pregnancy is the same. Be aware of yourself before and after giving birth, and understand what you’re needs are. Don’t go by what other people tell you your expectations or behavior should be like, just take things easy and focus on you and your baby.