Postpartum is referred to as the period after delivery and usually refers to the mother. It is generally 4-6 weeks after the baby’s birth, which has a higher risk of developing postpartum depression when the emotional health is not addressed. Postpartum is a life-changing period for any new mom, and their physical and mental health is crucial. The body needs to recover from the stress of pregnancy, labor and delivery, rest, and a good diet are the best post-delivery care plans for mom to take good care of the body.
After the delivery of a baby, there are specific essential steps to be taken. They include basic medical checkups and emotional care. To elaborate, read on.
Diet, exercise, breast care and constipation are the most common problems for a new mommy after postpartum.
Diet is the primary aspect of good health. A well-balanced diet post-delivery will emphasize fruits, vegetables, protein-rich dishes, and lean meat, which will help the baby’s growth through breast feeding. Always keep in mind to refrain from processed foods or high starch and sugary foods. Never rush into a diet to lose the pregnancy weight as your milk is your baby’s primary source of nutrition. Cut down alcohol if you are breastfeeding, and make it a point to have prenatal supplements.
Exercise is vital besides adjusting to motherhood after two weeks of rest and recovery. It is advised to be kick-started with a mild exercise with easy moves. Gradually as you become used to it, you can increase the intensity. But if it is a C section, do not perform any strenuous exercise regime for at least six weeks post-delivery. Seek the physician’s advice and then plan accordingly.
For new moms, nursing or breastfeeding may be painful due to tenderness of the breast. In addition, there will be a tingling sensation on the breast and nipples as the milk secretes in the milk duct, indicating that you should be feeding your baby. However, you will get used to it within a few days and always make sure to have the nipples clean without any moisture or plastic liners for the welfare of the newborn. The nipples will grow sore, cracked, and bleeding most of
the time, but they settle down when allowed to air dry after proper cleansing techniques.
Experiment with different nursing positions and prefer the one that works the best for you. Make sure the areola is covered with the baby’s mouth to ensure good latching. Use pillows or cushions for support. It is highly advised to wear a good bra when the breasts are engorged due to feeding. Leaking breasts and elevated body temperature are prevalent symptoms in new moms.
The bowel movements go through a drastic change, and it is essential to consume more fluids and a high-fibre diet to normalize it. Sometimes in severe constipation scenarios, the physician might recommend a stool softener to reduce pain. But it is always best to naturally resolve the problem with a proper diet.
Portea is an online service by mother care India to care for new mothers who require care, attention and guidance for their recovery. The postpartum care program devised by Portea is known as the Kanga and Roo program. Under this, we offer a medically trained caregiver for the new mom and proper post-delivery care. After the discharge, anybody can opt for this plan, including a doctor visit during the first month, lactation support, nutrition and dietetics, and counselling for mental health. Portea assures that all our post-delivery care professionals are completely equipped with good knowledge on postpartum and care. The unique feature of postpartum care offered by Portea is:
Content is medically reviewed by: Dr Renu Raina Sehgal (Advisory Panel, Portea), Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Robotic Surgery
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