Many women prepare a lot before giving birth since they want to be in the best conditions to face this moment. This is why they rely on exercises to relax and not be so nervous and even choose to enjoy themselves a little. Yet, there are also things to consider and do once you’ve delivered your baby.
Recovering from childbirth is not always easy. For this reason, here we draw up a list of suggestions to take into account. We must bear in mind that the first 6 weeks after birth are considered postpartum, although this period can sometimes be extended by a few more weeks.
Many women wonder how to keep their hormones balanced, as hormonal disruption causes many problems ranging from irritability to weight gain.
One of the ways available to everyone is to practice some physical activity after the first 6 weeks because during this first month and a half after childbirth, only walking is advised.
The activity does not have to be going for a run, something complicated when we have a baby, also taking into account that our body is still in little condition of tremendous feat. What is possible is to practice yoga or simple exercises at home. This, in addition to helping us control hormonal levels, and will also be favorable for maintaining insulin levels and avoiding stress.
It is also essential to watch your diet and avoid processed foods to take care of hormonal levels and prevent weight gain. It is crucial to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and grains.
Whether the delivery was vaginally or by cesarean section, it is very common to experience posterior uterine pain, that is, mini-contractions when the uterus shrinks again, seeking to return to the previous size.
Massages can be performed in the abdominal area to stimulate and calm the uterus, so that it gradually returns to its size, and the nipples themselves, with the suction of the baby, participate in this task of uterine shrinkage.
The nipples often hurt as they crack, and this pain can sometimes become very annoying. Some infusions can be applied directly to the nipples and prevent them from cracking. Some regenerative creams are very good options.
Avoid and Treat Mastitis
Mastitis is an obstruction of the breast duct that can sometimes cause very painful inflammation and even infection. Although it also occurs in non-lactating women and sometimes even men, breastfeeding mothers are the most common.
To avoid this infection it is important that the baby empties the breasts and that the feeding alternates between one and the other to avoid the risk of contracting this ailment.
A very effective natural remedy for mastitis is with cold cabbage or cabbage leaves, previously washed, which can be applied cut or whole directly on the breasts.
One way to care for the perineum, which is often very damaged or irritated after delivery, is with cold compresses. They should be applied regularly, especially during the first week postpartum.
Sleep a Lot
It is important that the mother, after delivery, sleeps for many hours and as much as possible to recover quickly. Thus, it is important that household chores be handled and distributed by other people in the family environment.
These are just a few tips. There are many more things that can be done to get back on track as soon as possible. Our readers are often the ones who most enrich these articles with their advice and experience.
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