A lot goes into preparation for the coming of a newborn. Once the mother receives the news of her conception, she immediately begins her antenatal care. The care can range from taking supplements, attending Lamaze classes to help her during labour and delivery, joining clubs within Singapore that relate to her new needs, the list is endless. In all this, she may forget her personal needs and that she too will need to be at her best, to be able to offer maternal care to her newborn baby.
Once the baby finally arrives, the mother realizes that there are things that she may overlook or that she did not take time to think about her wellbeing. She also did not think about her needs during her postnatal period.
Whether yours was a vaginal birth or caesarean section, all mothers need proper care to help them recover from childbirth. Some recover faster than others do, depending on one’s immunity, genetic makeup and even the kind of attention that the mother receives. If you have just given birth, the following tips will help you spring back to health:
Everyone needs good nutrition for a healthy body. A mother needs it even more during her postnatal period. The right nutrition is essential to help repair the tears and worn out tissues she experienced during vaginal birth or heal her incisions of a caesarean section. She will also require a balanced diet to help produce milk for her newborn. If you just started your postnatal period, ensure you have regular meals throughout the day. Take foods rich in high fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system and prevent constipation. Talk to your nutritionist for guidance if you are unsure what proper nutrition entails.
The food you eat may lack in some essential nutrients. Your body will require all the nutrients especially calcium and iron to accelerate the healing process. Ask your doctor about the kind of supplements you could include in your diet for a quick recovery. Some of the supplements will also aid in absorbing the nutrients from the food you eat. However, ensure that you are buying them from reputable suppliers.
Drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids during the day. The water will help you flush out accumulated toxins from your body. Your body will also flush out the fluids you retained during your pregnancy. Add soups into your diet especially those recommended for lactating mothers. Apart from keeping you warm, they will also help in the milk production. Soups also have healing effects which will help your body recover faster from childbirth.
Seek confinement services
During your postnatal period, your body requires adequate rest to recover. Do not start running household chores before you have fully recovered. However, this does not mean that everything in your home comes to a standstill. Visit a confinement centre and find out the price of engaging a confinement nanny. You can enlist the services of a nanny who will take care of your home during your rest period. Apart from the nanny services, some confinement centres also offer massage services. Talk to them and arrange for a massage session at the comfort of your home. These massages have therapeutic properties and will hasten the healing process.
It may be difficult for you to sleep with an infant who needs your full attention. However, you still require your sanity to give your baby the optimal care he deserves. A fatigued mother may not be able to give the child the kind of attention that he deserves. Therefore, ensure you get enough sleep to give your body time to heal. You may have to change your sleep pattern to match that of the baby. If your little one decides to sleep during the day, just switch your sleeping pattern to match with your baby. During your sleep, your body will have adequate time to repair and replace the worn-out tissues.
We all have varying rates of recovery since we have different bodies. If your peers say that they have recovered already, do not be alarmed. You will also get there soon. All you need is use the tips above, love yourself and accept the new you. Remember not to miss your appointments with your doctor. During the visit, you can voice out any concerns and clarify any doubts you may have with the doctor. Enjoy your journey into motherhood and watch your child grow healthy and strong.