Recovering after childbirth

You’ve done it 크레용팝 빠빠빠 다운로드! After 9 months of ups and downs, body changes and anticipation, you’re going home with your new baby! It’s exciting and your new-born is taking up all your attention, but don‘t forget to look after yourself.

You may have been told that your body will be back to normal in 6 weeks, but it takes a bit longer to adjust after pregnancy and birth. Getting rest and taking care of yourself are vital steps to getting both your strength and energy back. Here are some key steps:

Watch out for problem signs. If you develop a breast infection or fever, feel persistent pain in your pelvic region or suddenly start bleeding heavily again, call your doctor.

Get some sleep! It may throw out the previous household schedule, but things have changed: sleep when your baby sleeps. Don’t try to get chores or admin done when baby is asleep – regain your strength in these first few weeks by getting sleep when you can.

Don’t become housebound. Make time to get out of your house each day – take a walk to the corner shop, park or just around the block. Fresh air and a change of scenery are truly good for your recovery and mood.

Cut yourself some slack! Don’t panic about perfect housekeeping or cooking gourmet meals! Focus on hygiene and controlling clutter, but avoid any spring-cleaning binges; there’ll be time for that later. Let your partner or family help with cooking, or factor in some healthy take-aways.

Practical health. If you tore during delivery or had an episiotomy, sitting in a few inches of  warm water several times will soothe any pain and help to keep away infection. If you have swelling, an ice pack will help.

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Stick to healthy eating. Even if you’re getting the odd take-away, try to stick to the healthy diet that you followed during your pregnancy. This will help you with breast-feeding and to lose that pregnancy weight! Make sure you’re getting all your nutrients and give alcohol a miss if you’re breast-feeding.

Dealing with the “baby blues”. Lack of sleep, the reality of motherhood and changes in your hormone levels will have you feeling down and weepy for a few days – this is normal! If these feelings last for longer than two weeks, or get worse, be sure to talk to the doctor. Post-partum depression is a real condition and your doctor can help you to manage it. Don’t try to cope with it on your own.

Getting back in shape. Pregnancy affects your body and so does delivery. You will lose about 4.5kg after giving birth, but don’t expect to shed the rest of your baby-weight at once. Losing it slowly, but surely, over the next few months is the way to go. Start with a daily walk and increase your regular exercise as you get more energy and strength.

The most important thing

Enjoy your baby and this time. The first few months are a big adjustment, but they come with their own bit of grace: your newborn has very simple requirements. Establish your own routine as you learn what your little one needs – and remember to look after yourself!

Joanne Hart for

Source: Women’s Health