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Post Delivery Care

After the delivery of the baby, postpartum period begins and ends when the mother’s body reaches the condition of the pre pregnancy stage. Normally the postpartum period lasts for six to eight weeks.

During the postpartum period the mother goes through many changes. She meets the challenge of facing physical and emotional difficulties with the newly assigned responsibility of being a parent and nursing a child. It may take time for you to learn how to nurse your new born and function as a new set of family. At this time not only the care of the child but the mother as well is very important. She needs to take this time to rebuild her strength to take on the new responsibilities’ better in the near future. For this she requires a lot of rest and good nutrition to regain strength especially in the first few weeks after delivery.

Rest –
Babies have different sleep patterns as compared to adults. Typically every baby gets up in every three hours and requires feeding, changing and comforting. For parents with the first baby, this could be an overwhelming experience for the mother. She may feel extremely exhausted as a proper eight hours sleep for her is a distant dream for a while now. This poses a challenge before her to find some time for rest. The following tips may help the new born mother to find some time for some forty winks-

•    The first week may be tough on the mother as she is quite weak and has just become aware of the new responsibilities, also she is experiencing a number of changes in her body. It is important that around this time the mother should be relieved of all responsibilities other than feeding the baby and taking care of herself. Ask a close family relative to help you in this time of need.

•    To catch up on your sleep make sure you sleep when the baby sleeps. These can be a number of small naps throughout the day but they add up and give you the much required rest you want.

•    Reduce the physical exertion as much as you can. Keep your baby near to you as in keep your baby’s bed near to yours. This will help you save steps and time and make it easy for you to reach the baby when required.

•    A new member in the house calls for many people to visit you to see the baby and mother. However, mothers should not feel obligated to entertain the guest and should excuse themselves for a nap or to feed the baby.

•    Get some fresh air. As per the advice of your care provider you can start taking small walks or start postpartum exercises to flex your muscles. This will help you feel fresher.

Nutrition –
During pregnancy and birth a mother’s body goes through several changes. After delivery it is important for her to regain strength and restore the lost nutrients. This is not just achieved by plenty of rest but she needs to follow a healthy and balanced diet as well. This will promote her recovery and healing.

The weight you gain during pregnancy helps you to store the resources you require for recovery after pregnancy and to breastfeed the baby. The mother should not stop taking a healthy diet after the delivery as it helps her to be healthy and take care of the baby as well.

Mothers need to include in their diet food items that represent all the major nutrient groups like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. In the busy schedule the new mom may forget to have her meals properly, hence you need to plan simple and healthy meals that are required to fill up your nourishment quota.

•    Have more of whole-grain foods which include oatmeal, whole-wheat flour, whole cornmeal, brown rice and whole-wheat bread.

•    Include a variety of vegetables in your diet like dark green and orange coloured vegetables, legumes starchy vegetables and others

•    Fruits too form an essential part of your diet

•    Do not forget to add fats to the diet but in limits. Include fat sources from fish, nuts and vegetable oil and avoid saturated fats like butter, ghee etc.

•    The intake of calcium is very important for the new mom. Include milk and milk products contain calcium and vitamin D required for the wear and rear of the bone tissues.

•    Add low fat or lean meats and poultry in your diet as well

Also continue to have more water daily. You need to increase the fluid intake as you may get extremely thirsty while nursing the baby. Also remember to consult your doctor for additional information on the kind of precautions you need to take after birth.