Nature gives you nine months to prepare for the birth of your child under normal circumstances. You have read all the articles about what pregnancy entails, how to prepare yourself for labour, you have even attended all the birth classes, and you feel so ready. You have made yourself aware of the signs of labour, and your doctor has informed you of your expected date of delivery. You count the days and look at the calendar with bated breath as the day fast approaches. Some mothers go a step further and check out various confinement centres to settle on a confinement nanny who will help you through the post natal period. However, once the day finally comes, you realize you still have a long way to go. The fatigue you had during your pregnancy does not seem to fade away, and there is the bleeding. Do not be alarmed. You just pushed a baby from your body. You will require some time to heal.
Here are tips that will help you through your healing process:
Do not be in a hurry to get back to work. With the high cost of living and a child to provide for, your mind must be on a roller coaster and be on the urgency to get moving. The situation can get worse if you are your family’s breadwinner or a single mother. Take your time to heal, bond with your child and focus on motherhood. Getting back to work before your recovery period will do you more harm than good. It will also derail the natural efforts by your body to recover.
Giving birth is a natural process. Your body can accommodate a baby for nine months and through labour until the child is born. Therefore, do not just sleep throughout your recovery period. Take some time and walk around. It does not have to be a brisk walk. Take a slow-paced walk and breathe some fresh air. Do not worry about the baby. Your confinement nanny or spouse can watch over him as you take a walk. The simple exercise will stimulate blood flow throughout your body. If you had a cesarean birth, it is an excellent way to facilitate the healing of the incision.
Your body has had its share of wear and tears throughout your pregnancy and during labour. You will need a balanced diet to facilitate the repair and healing of the worn out tissues and replace the lost blood. Go for foods rich in iron, calcium, proteins, and fibre. You will also require carbohydrates to help in the milk production. Therefore, ensure you have a constant supply of these essential foods during your recovery period.
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Use ice packs
Your breast will feel uncomfortable during the first weeks after delivery since they will be engorged with milk. The engorgement may cause soreness and discomfort. You can relieve the pain by placing ice packs on your breasts. You can also use the ice packs on the opening of the birth canal if you had a virginal birth. It will ease the soreness.
Amidst nursing your little one, you may forget about your hygiene. If you are using nursing pads, do make effort to change your pads regularly. Do not wait until they are too soaked for you to change. During your recovery period, stay away from tampons; they may not be the best for you. Besides, you have had enough pressure on your birth canal.
Use these tips and allow your body adequate time to recover. Consider hiring a confinement nanny. It will be an excellent idea as she will help you during the recovery period, and you can take turns watching over the baby. If you are not sure of the cost or services that you can find in a confinement centre in Singapore, ask around or check online for more information and recommendations.