Congratulations on your sweet baby girl/boy.
Let’s celebrate the fact that you and your baby are safe and healthy.
If you’ve just given birth, these tips are meant to help you ease into the grind of motherhood.
In particular, we’re addressing those moms who’ve had a slightly more gruelling experience than others.
From hot and cold flashes, to constipation and discharges, the struggle is real.
Here’s what you ought to remember through it all!
Tune into your body’s needs
We get that you’re preoccupied with your new baby, tending to his or her every need. But after a challenging pregnancy, it’s important to listen to your own body!! Whether it’s craving sleep, a massage for those achy muscles, or a leisurely bath. If you push yourself too much, you risk slowing down your recovery process. Instead, focus on getting adequate rest, following a wholesome diet, and hydrating well.
Play sleeping beauty
Sleep is the best medicine for the body. Especially one that is recovering from a tough pregnancy or complicated surgery. And while we’ve mentioned how difficult it can be to get more than 3 hours of sleep at a stretch, it’s imperative to try. For your physical health and emotional wellbeing. So, get some rest while your baby is asleep. This is your best chance of recuperating.
Pack your plate with wholesome foods
A new mom must follow a healthy and nutritious diet, so that she can replenish her energy levels. She must also consume foods that are light on her gut, in order to ensure better digestion. Having said that, a good protein intake is also needed - poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts. It’s also recommended to eat small meals throughout the course of the day, for instance breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, evening snack and dinner.
Clock in exercises to stay physically fit
Your pregnancy and birth plan will dictate specific exercise guidelines. But the most important factor to consider is how you feel. Consult your doctor when creating a regiment. From pelvic floor exercises to diaphragmatic breathing, postnatal yoga to swimming, there’s a lot you can do to keep your body and mind strong.
Follow post-surgery care instructions
Postpartum care instructions as given by your doctor will help you navigate the aftermath of a difficult delivery. From regulating your menstrual cycle, to ensuring breastfeeding adequacy, preventing a urinary tract infection, and monitoring vital signs, these guidelines cover every area of post-delivery health. Stick to these as best as you can.
Learn the art of meditation
Depending on the nature of the delivery, you could start practicing yoga within a few days itself. Transcendental meditation and deep breathing techniques will not only help you centre yourself, but allow you to take control of your recovery process. Plus, it helps keep the blues at bay. Tap into this holistic source of healing.
The above tips and techniques will help you kickstart your motherhood journey with complete alignment of your mind, body and soul.