Taking Care of Yourself After Birth
On July 24, 2012
After childbirth, it is important to make sure that you and your newborn are healthy, happy and comfortable.
Here are some of the steps you can take to start off on the right foot:
1. Sleep and Eat Well
One of the most difficult aspects of caring for a new baby is experiencing an extreme lack of sleep and a very disrupted sleeping pattern. There is no avoiding sleep deprivation when you have a little one that requires feeding around the clock, and the result is that you will feel tired, irritable and unhappy. With so many demands on you, it can be difficult to find a chance for some catch-up sleep – so grab any opportunity you have.
With so much going on, and so much effort focused on your new little bundle of joy, it can be hard to find time to think of your own nutrition. Eating healthy and balanced meals will, however, help you cope with the physical and mental exhaustion that so often occurs in the days, weeks and months following your baby’s birth.
2. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s your partner, friends or relatives, most people are only too willing to give you assistance through what can be a trying first few days and weeks. Sometimes, you just need to let them know what you’d like them to do – or not to do.
Breastfeeding helps defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) and various medical bodies recommend it as best for babies.
Breastfeeding may not be possible for all women. Others may choose not to breastfeed for various reasons, including their comfort level. Some women simply feel uncomfortable in certain social settings, but a well-designed breastfeeding top can alleviate this anxiety.
Most women will have a good idea as to whether breastfeeding is the best choice for them and their baby.
4. Treat Yourself
It may take some time before the opportunity arises, but give yourself a treat when you can. Fixing your hair and make-up, or simply just getting out of the house and into ‘the real world’ can give you a more positive outlook. If shopping is your thing, but you don’t feel up to going out, you might want to check out the latest fashion clothing online.
5. Enjoy Your Baby
It may sound like a strange recommendation, but take time to enjoy your baby. You have waited for its arrival, and now it is a living and breathing human being, ready to bring you joy. Don’t be so caught up in all the things you have to do that you forget to take in the wonder of holding it close, and watching its cute little face smiling back at you.
The days and weeks after giving birth can be tough, but they can also be immensely pleasurable. Do what you can to ensure that you and your baby are comfortable and healthy.