While pregnancy can seem the most tiring months for a mother, the confinement period marks the peak of this fatigue. Now that you are a mother, you have to divide your attention across your family, the newborn and yourself. Besides being your recovery time, your confinement period offers an opportunity for you to rest and bond with your newborn. During this period, your energy levels tend to fluctuate with most days being low energy days. During the past nine months, your body has undergone a lot of transformations and the confinement period is here to ensure your body regains its energy levels and strength for the future. While no specific technique is available for all mothers, you will realise that by practising the following habits, you will not only sustain your energy level in your confinement period but also feel more energetic.
Eat a balanced and healthy diet
The confinement period provides you with an opportunity to pump up nutrients into your body. To successfully do this, take a lot of vitamins, proteins and fibre. Ensure you select healthy green and leafy vegetables for fibre, iron and vitamin A and C. Eat healthy proteins like eggs and peas and where possible, consume freshwater fish for inner healing of your body. You can also consider pork liver to replenish your blood. Besides the balanced diet, you should also continue taking your pregnancy and vitamin supplements and avoid fats and sugars. With this in mind, avoid dieting for the first three months after birth. This is because, at this stage, a lot of hormonal and metabolic reactions are taking place in your body. When you diet, you are likely to experience fatigue.
Prioritise on getting enough rest
Rest helps your body and mind recover. To get enough rest, you may need to reorganise your usual routine. When you are feeling exhausted, consider getting a confinement nanny who will help you in taking care of your baby. The nanny, who is a trained professional, will offer nutritional advice as well as cook for you. Your nanny will also take care of your baby, ensuring that both of you get enough rest.
Get enough sleep
The birth of a baby results in a lot of fatigue for the mother. This is treatable by ensuring you get adequate sleep. Besides reducing fatigue, sleep will also serve to regulate your emotions, keeping you free from postnatal depression. The result of adequate sleep is an energised and happy individual.
Besides resting, getting a postnatal massage will relax and keep your energy levels up. Besides relaxing your body, getting frequent massages will improve your blood circulation and break down fat.
During your confinement period, your body is not strong enough to undertake strenuous exercises. However, for healthy muscles and energy levels, consider a simple stroll outdoors. This will have tremendous effects on your energy levels. In addition to the exercise, you can opt for recreational activities on a daily basis or at scheduled intervals within the month.