The weeks following the birth of a child are a period of adjustment and healing. Whether you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section, you must remember to look for yourself throughout the first few weeks so that you may fully recover. This new time of your life requires you to get plenty of rest, restrict guests, and create a routine with your infant.
How do I care for myself at home after delivery?
You may believe that after birth, you may resume your usual routine. This period of your life, however, is both a time of adjustment to life with a newborn and a time of healing. It’s crucial to note that your body will need to recuperate from delivery over time. Your body will require time to recuperate after any form of childbirth, whether vaginal or cesarean (C-section).
Having a newborn infant at home for the first month might be stressful at times. You may feel as if you spend all of your time caring for your kid, but don’t forget to look after yourself. You may have heard the term “if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your kid,” and there is some truth to it. There are a few things you’ll need to remember after birth to keep your health in check.
Here are a few concrete reminders:
Resting: Having a baby is a lot of effort, and you probably didn’t get much sleep at the hospital.
The first few weeks following delivery are crucial for you to relax as much as possible. When your infant is sleeping, try to sleep or rest. This time of rest will aid your recovery.
Avoid heavy lifting: While you’re healing, you should avoid lifting anything heavier than your infant. If you’ve had a C-section, this is especially important.
Handwashing: It may seem little, but handwashing should be done often. After using the restroom, changing your baby’s diaper, and before feeding your infant, wash your hands.
Limit your stair climbing: Try to limit your stair climbing for the first week. While you’re healing, try to keep the amount of trips up and down the stairs to a minimum.
Keeping your baby’s care as easy as possible: Don’t add to your to-do list when it comes to your baby’s requirements. Learning your baby’s schedule and needs in the first few weeks is difficult enough. Your infant does not require a bath on a daily basis. Instead, wipe your baby’s face, hands, and diaper region using moist wipes on a regular basis.
Some social tips to remember include:
People will want to come over and greet your new family member, so limit visitors. However, this may not be the best time to entertain visitors. It’s fine to limit visitors or refuse company entirely for the first several weeks. You’ll be adjusting to your new life with your kid and recovering from your delivery throughout this time. You will be creating feeding patterns if you opt to breastfeed.
Requesting assistance: Don’t be frightened to seek assistance. Make it clear to your family and friends how they may assist you. Cooking meals, assisting with laundry, performing household duties, babysitting siblings, or stopping at the shop to pick up food and supplies are all examples of this.
Not aiming for perfection: When you have company, try not to get too worked up over little mishaps. People are visiting to see you and your new baby, not to see a spotless house. During this period, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make your house look ideal.
When you are in the post op season, you may feel like you can’t do anything and blame yourself or feel like a super hero and want to do everything, in both scenarios just don’t force onto your body. Your body needs reassurance and rest. Let us know in the comments what tip do you have for post op mothers…