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Postnatal Care Tips for Mothers

Postnatal Care Tips for Mothers

Right postnatal care is very essential in order to ensure that both mother and baby are in good health. Read on to find about the postnatal problems which mothers can face and tips for taking right postnatal care. You will also find tips for taking postnatal care for cesarean mothers in this article.

Pregnancy is a period when the would-be mother constantly takes care of the diet and follows doctor’s instructions so that to have a healthy baby and smooth delivery. There are anxious moments and many emotional changes that go on during pregnancy and at the time of child birth too. When the newborn arrives the attention gets carried off to the infant and most often the mother finds herself neglected. 

Regardless of the place where the birth of the child took place, the mother needs special attention for the next two weeks. Here are some tips that would help the mother remain healthy mentally and physically and enjoy motherhood at the same time.

Tips to Take Postnatal Care

Here are some tips for postnatal care.

Postnatal Checkups
: Regular checkups after childbirth is also very important and you should not miss even one of them at any cost. These checkups usually include checking blood pressure, temperature and the doctor will examine your stitches and cuts. Just keep in mind that your body is weak at present and so any kind of pain or discomfort should be immediately reported to the doctor. If it was a cesarean childbirth, you have to be extra careful.

Diet and Exercise: Special care should be taken to have a good and nutritious diet. After a specific period of time the doctor would advise you of some light exercise that you should follow. If you want to start something new, it is always better to consult your doctor. Mothers should not keep themselves confined to bed. They should move about according to the instructions of the doctor.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding should be encouraged. It has manifold benefits and in addition to giving all the nutrients and vital elements to the child, it helps strengthen the bonding between the mother and the child. Proper hygiene should be maintained and the new mother should be taught the hygienic techniques properly.

Problems that a New Mother can Encounter

New mothers can face the following postnatal problems.

  • Issues related to feeding the child
  • Poor or inadequate feeding for the infant
  • Pain or infection in stitches or scars, in case of cesarean baby
  • Incontinence of urine and stools
  • Possibility of urine infections
  • Bleeding problems

Although these problems do not sound good, most of them are curable.

Postnatal Care Tips for Cesarean Mothers

If you have undergone cesarean you should follow the following postnatal care tips.

  • Take care of your stitches any time you move or hold your baby. Whenever you hold your baby or feed him, take extra care of your stitches and see that there is no kind of pressure on it.
  • If there is problem with the stitches, ask for someone’s help in moving around and holding your baby while feeding him.
  • Increase your intake of fluid. There has been loss of blood during childbirth and you need to take care of the diet and fluid intake so that it can be recovered. Most often the mother is asked to take in fluid for the first one or two days or is given intravenous fluid as well.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene and monitor the naval area and your stitches. Watch out and report if there is any kind of infection.

Just keep in mind that after the child birth, it is very important to take care of yourself along with paying attention to the needs and requirements of the newborn. Diet, sleep and proper rest along with right feeding will keep you and your baby healthy and relaxed.

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Myra.7 years ago
I must say this is the most well researched article. The [problems faced by new mothers who had normal or c-section delivery are commendable. thanks.
kisha.7 years ago
This article is just GGGGGGGreat I love all the tips and advices. These are the problems that many new mothers face. Thanks for highlighting our problems.
Sonika.7 years ago
these postnatal tips are like a boon for new mothers like me. I stay with my husband and baby. I have no elder so these tips are really very helpful.
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