3 Tips For Good Health After Pregnancy
By: Pinki Sat, 05 Oct 2019 12:14 PM
With all the hustle and bustle of bringing your baby home, you may have forgotten to take care of that other important person…you! You know your new role as a parent is deeply rewarding, but you may also find it overwhelming at times. Now more than ever, you need to remember to nurture yourself, so you can better nurture your baby. It’s natural if you feel a bit tired — and no wonder — you just gave birth! Even under the best circumstances, labor is mentally and physically exhausting. If you lost a lot of blood, became dehydrated during labor, or are anemic after childbirth, it may take you a few extra days or weeks before you start feeling like yourself again.
That might include a friend who offers to do the laundry, your mother-in-law who brings in a few prepared meals or your partner who offers to look after your baby while you have a nap. If no one offers to pitch in during the early days, or if you live far from family, consider hiring a housekeeper for a period of time. If hiring someone is not an option, simplify and cut down on chores. For example, instead of cooking a meal each night, simply cook extra to have again another night.
Your muscles are likely to be tense from lifting, carrying, feeding, rocking and soothing your baby during all hours of the day (and night!). Now’s the time to ask your partner to give you a massage. You probably already know the benefits of massaging your little one, but now more than ever, you need the pampering, soothing effects that massage offers for you. Your partner can help relax your muscles with firm strokes along your shoulders, arms, lower back, thighs and calves. Remember to use a gentle lotion or oil to help make the massage more comfortable.
* Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can really wear you down, without you even realizing it. If you’re breastfeeding, you run an even greater risk of becoming dehydrated, so remember to drink plenty of fluids. You may also wish to omit caffeinated beverages and foods if you suspect that your baby is reacting to it.An easy way to remember is to drink a glass of water whenever you sit down to feed your baby.Avoid heavy foods that can weigh you down (burgers or pizza, for example). Instead, eat lighter foods, including moisture-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, with a little pasta.
Resist treating your baby’s nap time as your chore time — take a nap when your baby does. Try to wind down when your baby sleeps. Avoid all caffeinated beverages after lunch. Make your bedroom as quiet and comfortable as possible. You will sleep better if your bedroom is cool and dark.Listen to music, ask your partner to give you a massage, or if your healthcare provider says it’s ok, take a bath! You may not get a full night’s sleep anytime soon, but at least you can make the most of any opportunity you do get to sleep, even if it’s just a nap.