Mom after Childbirth

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The birth of a child changes many things in a mother’s life both physically and mentally. Your baby will change almost every aspect of your life. From your marriage, your work life, your schedule, your finances to your eating and sleeping habits. You will start to see everything from a very emotional angle.

These are all a part of the mental and physical changes your body and life will have to deal with after the birth of your child. The information below will help you adapt to these changes while you enjoy being a mother.

The Baby Blues
Just a few days after giving birth, you may feel moody, weepy and irritable. This is called the’ baby blues’. It’s probably the last thing you expected to feel after the joy and elation of having your baby.

The baby blues are so common that they are considered to be normal. As many as eight in ten mums experience some changes in their mood after giving birth.

What you may feel:
• Worried about your baby’s health, even though he’s fine
• Unable to concentrate
• Tired, yet unable to sleep
Tearful, without knowing why

How can you feel better?
• Though it’s hard with a new born, rest as much as possible. Get your partner or a family member to help you with the chores.
• Think positive. Watch a movie you love or listen to music. Try and keep yourself happy.
• Tell your family that you do not want any visitors during this period of time as it might increase your anxiety.
• If you want to cry, cry and let it out, just make sure someone’s around you.

Healthy weight loss
Eat healthily, including plenty of fruit and vegetables in your meals. Drink water throughout the day to stay well hydrated and choose the right snacks.

• Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
• Include plenty of fiber-rich foods such as oats, beans, lentils, grains and seeds in your meals.
• Include starchy foods such as bread, rice and pasta (preferably wholegrain varieties for added fiber) in every meal.
• Go easy on fatty and sugary foods, takeaways, fast food, sweets, cakes, biscuits, pastries and fizzy drinks.
• Watch your portion sizes at mealtimes, and the number and type of snacks you eat between meals.

Exercise & Fitness
After a C-section
A caesarean is a major operation, so don’t push yourself too soon. The first six weeks after the operation is a time for healing.

Don’t do any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting in the first couple of months. However, you can begin your pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel up to it. Pregnancy can put a strain on your pelvic floor, so these exercises are important.

Every time you lift your baby, tighten your pelvic floor muscles and lower tummy muscles at the same time, this will help to protect your back.

Once you feel comfortable with pelvic floor exercises, you can begin to work on your lower tummy muscles, which will help to strengthen your back. It’s fine to do these gentle toning exercises in the first six weeks. It won’t rip your stitches, or damage your scar, so there’s no need to wait, unless it feels painful.
Note: Before you begin always consult your doctor.

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