The postpartum period starts after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother’s body has returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks. And these first 45 days as a mother are very crucial.
The postpartum period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically. She learns how to deal with all changes and adjustments. Also, she learns how to care for their newborn and how to function as a changed family unit.
First 45 days as a mother
A mother needs to take care of herself. You need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.
Every new parent will soon discover that a different clock awaits a typical newborn. Every three hours he requires feeding, changing and comfort. Especially, if he is their first child, the mother worns out. You cannot have an eight-hour solid sleep again for several months. But the following suggestions may be helpful in finding ways to get you more comfortable.
- In the first few weeks, a mother needs to be free from all responsibilities. She must have the only responsibility of feeding her child and taking care of him.
- When the baby sleeps, then you must also sleep along with him. This can be only a few minutes rest, but this can add minutes.
- To save time keep your child’s bed with you for feeding at night
- Many new parents enjoy travelling, going to friends and family. But the new mother must not feel obliged to entertain them. Feel free to forgive yourself.
- Go out for a few minutes every day. According to your doctor’s advice, you can start postpartum exercise and start walking.
- After the first two to three weeks, occasionally offer a bottle for breastfeeding children. Ask your spouse to bottlefeed him at night. This way you may have an uninterrupted sleep for a long time.
There has been a change in the life of a mother during pregnancy and the birth of her baby. In addition to comfort, she needs to recover from pregnancy too. All the mothers must maintain a healthy diet to promote good health and fast recovery. This way they can be healthy and active and take good care of their child.
The weight gained during pregnancy helps to make stores for your recovery and breastfeeding. Whether they breastfeed or formula feed, all mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Most breastfeeding experts suggest that when the lactating mother is hungry, she should eat. But many mothers can become so tired or busy that they skip eating the food. Therefore, it is important to plan simple and healthy food/meal.
ChooseMyPlate is a guideline which helps you to eat a healthy diet. It can help you to eat different types of food items. It encourages the right amount of calories and fat in the food. Below is a food plate to guide the selection of food items. USDA and US Department of Health and Human Services have prepared it.
There are five food group categories which emphasize you to consume the following:
- Foods made from grains of wheat, rice, oats, cereals, barley or any other cereal are grain products. Examples include wheat, brown rice, and porridge.
- Vegetables: Separate your vegetables. Choose a variety of vegetables including deep green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes (peas and beans) and starchy vegetables.
- Fruit: Any fruit or 100% fruit juice are counted in this group. Fruits can be fresh, canned, frozen or dried, and can be whole, cut-up or pure.
- Dairy: This food group includes many foods made from milk products and milk. Focus on fat-free or low-fat, as well as high in calcium products.
- Protein: Lean on protein. Choose low fat or lean meats and poultry. Change the regularity of your protein: choose more fish, nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.
- Oil: It is not a food group. But some, such as nut oil, have essential nutrients and can be included in the diet. Others, such as animal fats, are solid and should be avoided.
- Exercise: Everyday physical activity should also be included in a healthy diet plan.
Many mothers want to lose the weight gained in their pregnancy. But excessive diet and rapid weight loss can be dangerous for your health and your baby if you are breastfeeding. It may take several months for mothers to lose weight gained during pregnancy. This can be accomplished if you reduce high-fat breakfast. Also, you must concentrate your diet on lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, which is balanced with proteins and carbohydrates. Exercise also helps to burn calories and tone muscles and organs.
With balanced meals, lactating mothers should increase fluid intake. Many mothers feel that they become very thirsty while nursing the child. Water, milk and fruit juice are excellent options. Always keep a water pitcher and some healthy snacks near your bed or breastfeeding chair.
If you want to know more about postnatal nutrition, consult your doctor or a registered dietitian. During lactation, certified lactation consultants can also help with advice on nutrition.
Help for new parents
New and even experienced parents soon realize that infants need a lot of work. It involves time and energy in meeting the needs of the newborn.
Although many parents do the responsibilities on their own, it’s better to get help from someone for domestic responsibilities. The family can focus on the needs of the mother and child, instead of washing clothes or dirty dishes.
You can ask for support from your family, friends or a paid home caretaker. They can come up for a few days or more at your home and help you. Home caretakers provide a variety of services for the care of the various needs of mother and child. They even take care of other children.
Whatever you decide, but make sure to clarify all the things you want to get done. Communication is important. Generally, the best thing is that the new mother should be free from all the responsibilities except for the care of herself and her child. And this is especially important if she is breastfeeding. Others should have chores in the home such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. This will help the new mother to take care of herself.
“Enjoy your Path to Mom, Relish every moment.”
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