The first 40 days are referred to as the confinement period for a woman’s post-delivery. In this period, there are certain restrictions that you need to follow. These confinements may comprise of a proper and healthy diet, things you can do, things to avoid, and, as we all know, plenty of rest.
These refreshments or recovery period is divided into three different stages, namely;
- Early puerperium: This is the first week after delivery where the mothers can start to walk around a little
- Intermediate Puerperium: One to one and half months after delivery. This is the period when the sore genitalia recovery happens.
- Remote Puerperium: This is the last stage of the recovery, about six months to a year after delivery. During this time, your body heals itself completely after giving birth.
Therefore, resting is very important for you to heal quickly and completely. Some countries do not practice the confinement period because they do not understand the importance of it. According to Dewhurst’s Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a classic text: “Serious and sometimes fatal complications may arise during the puerperium. The most serious complications are thromboembolism [the blockage of a blood vessel], infection and haemorrhage, as well as mental disorders, and breast problems”.
So, brace yourself for the confinement!
Physical Discomfort during Confinement
- Body aches
- Pain at the site of stitches
- Vaginal bleeding
- Hot flashes
- Swollen breasts
- Post-Natal Depression
- Shifting appetite
- Insomnia fatigue
- Feeling worthless
- Feeling suicidal
Physical and mental problems are common after childbirth. Therefore, proper rest during your confinement is mandatory. Your future health relies on it!
How to Indulge Yourself During the Confinement Period?
Get some help from others – try asking your mother or mother-in-law to come over to help you out around the house. However, if that seems difficult, you should ask your partner to hire you a confinement nanny.
- Instead of letting your post-natal depression take over, try to bond with the newborn and spend time with him/her.
- Spend some time with the elders of your home. This way, you will feel gratitude towards them since you are on an emotional roller coaster ride yourself. Ask your mother to come over, she will understand.
- Ask your mother or friends for tips on how to handle a baby. They are extremely delicate beings, you need to handle them with proper care.
- Sleep as much as you can. Try to sleep whenever your baby is sleeping. Every minute of extra sleep will help you recover faster
- If you are suffering from body aches, hire a someone for a body massage. This will relieve the pain and help to strengthen your body.
- Eat healthy foods. Your diet is extremely important in aiding your body to full recovery. Look up on food recommendations for your confinement period in order to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need.
Postnatal care for a mother is very important. Childbirth is a painful experience; both physically and mentally. You need to rest and recover yourself as fast as you can. Avoid strenuous work during your confinement period as it may lead to health issues later in life. Let your body heal at its own rate and ask for help whenever required.