THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF FOR A MOTHER AFTER PREGNANCY:

The time for adjustment and recovery for women is the week after childbirth. Whether you had gone through vaginal birth or a C-section, you need to remember to take care of yourself during those first few weeks, so that you can properly recover.

Taking a lot of rest, limiting visitors, and establishing a routine with your newborn are all part of this new phase in your life.

HOW TO TAKE CARE:

After the delivery, you may think that you can jump back into your normal life, whereas this time in your life is full of adjustment with a newborn, as well as a time of recovery. It's critical to realize that giving birth to a kid is an event from which your body will need to recuperate over time. Regardless of what type of delivery you had gone through whether it’s vaginal birth or cesarean birth (C-section), your body will take time to heal.

The starting first month of having a newborn baby at home can be overwhelming at times. You may feel like all of your time must be focused on taking care of your baby, but do not forget to take care of yourself. Some physical tips to remember involve:

  • Resting- Giving birth to a baby is hard work and you probably not being able to sleep much in the hospital. The first few weeks after delivery is a very crucial time for you to rest whenever you can. Try to sleep or take a rest when your baby sleeps. This rest will help you recover.

  • Avoiding heavy lifting- After delivery, you should avoid lifting anything heavier than you're baby while you are recovering. This is especially important if you have had a C-section delivery.

  • Washing your hands regularly- It may seem like a small thing, but make sure you wash your hands often. Wash your hands always after you visit the bathroom, change your baby’s diaper, and before feeding your baby.

  • Keep your baby’s care simple- Don’t add to your to-do list when it comes to your baby’s needs. Giving a bath to your baby every day is not needed. Instead of that, you can use wet wipes to make sure your baby’s face, hands, and diaper area are cleaned daily.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION:

  • If you experience any of these feelings or thoughts, reach out to your healthcare provider right away.

  • If you experience a depressed mood for most of the day, almost every day for two weeks.

  • Facing difficulty doing typical tasks around the house for your self-care or your baby.

  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby come into your mind. This includes thoughts of suicide.

  • Thoughts of hopelessness, anxiety, guilt, panic, or worthlessness.

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