Right post delivery care is very essential for a speedy post
recovery. Read on to find some post delivery care tips.
The birth of a baby is essentially a
life-changing episode for the mother. Considered to be one of the most
beautiful experiences, it can also be quite painful. Since pregnancy and childbirth
are two consecutive complex processes, it is vital that the mother gives
adequate attention to post-delivery healthcare in order to keep both herself
and the baby safe from any probable infections and illnesses. Given below are
some tips on post delivery healthcare:
It is very important that you maintain
utmost cleanliness during the post
delivery period. This is the period when
the baby is most vulnerable and so are you as you are in the recovery stage. So
always ensure that you are washing your hands after every activity. This should
be after you have taken your meal, even if you have used the spoon and not
touched the food, after you have taken medicines or applied cremes, after
watering the flowers or dusting a figurine in your living room, after reading a
book, after opening or closing the door and especially after visiting the
washroom. This will effectively reduce the risks of probable infections when
you are feeding your baby or changing his nappies.
Kick out any bad habit like smoking or
alcohol if you have had them during this period. Food containing caffeine and
aerated drinks should be avoided. If you have maintained the discipline of a
healthy diet during pregnancy, remember you ought to continue with it now too.
Eat healthy and follow the diet chart devised by your nutritionist.
Do not go in for crash dieting to lose
weight but opt for a balanced meal that will meet the requirements of your
recuperating body as well as the baby, as you are nursing him. It is also
important that you keep yourself amply hydrated with at least 8-9 glasses of
water every day. Include milk and lots of juices in your diet.
Take in your regular vitamin supplements.
It is important that you work towards
your physical fitness. Activity is essential for a healthy body and more so
when you also have to gradually take steps towards losing the extra weight that
you have piled on during pregnancy. Start off with regular walking and seek the
advice of a trained fitness expert on what should be the ideal exercises for
you, keeping your health condition in mind.
While keeping yourself active it is also
important that you abstain from any strenuous activity as your body is still in
the recovery stage and your stitches, if any are still not healed. Do not lift
weights and take care when you bend down.
Post delivery you must continue to breastfeed
your baby, and even if you need to bottle feed, you must take extra care of
your breasts. When you are bottle feeding it might happen that the breasts get
hard, hot and swollen, when the milk comes in. This usually goes down after a
couple of days. Using ice-packs for 15 minutes on the breasts can induce
comfort. If ice does not help you can try placing a warm washcloth. If you get
chills and fever and the breasts are still swollen and uncomfortable, you must
see your doctor.
During post delivery it is advisable to
intercourse for 4-6 weeks. This
will help the tissues to heal and prevent further wear and tear. Besides, sex
can also be very painful due to the same reasons.
Not to forget the most important of post
delivery health care, ensure that you visit your physician at stipulated
intervals so that your health is effectively monitored. This can save possible
complications and several associated issues can also be dealt with at ease if
they are noticed via monitoring at the initial stage.