The first 6 weeks after giving birth can be a challenging time. During these weeks, you and your baby will begin bonding while you simultaneously need to go for post-delivery checkups with your doctor – all while your body heals.
Here are some ideas to plan a positive postpartum experience.
1. Rest as much as you can
Adequate rest is essential for your body’s healing as well as your physical and mental health. Try adjusting your schedule to allow for rest when your baby is sleeping. Let your loved and trusted ones take care of you and your baby in order for you to get as much sleep as possible.
2. Nourish your body
You need to feed yourself well in order to feed your baby well, and a nutritious diet will certainly aid in your body’s healing. A combination of complex carbohydrates and proteins will help ease fatigue and provide you with more energy. Be sure to also stay hydrated.
3. Stay active
Discuss with your doctor the levels of activity that are safe for you. This also depends on the type of delivery you received. After your doctor has given you the all-clear, try going for leisurely strolls or yoga. Moving around is also encouraged to avoid blood clots.
Lastly, be kind to yourself and your body – postpartum can be a challenging time, and you’ve done an amazing job whether you realise it or not. Remember to be gentle and patient with yourself, just as you would with your baby. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to motherhood, so know that your experiences and journey are always valid.