Postnatal recovery is a natural process, as mum’s body readjusts after giving birth and it is important to focus on mother’s well-being, as well as baby’s. In this short article, we offer a few postnatal care tips from healthcare providers.
- The right nutrition – This is the foundation of a good recovery; a balanced diet ensures that mother’s milk is rich, as nature intends. Fresh fruit and vegetables (organically grown) are the order of the day; avoid caffeine and seafood, which contains mercury and that can be passed on to baby via breastmilk. You are advised to take postnatal vitamins supplement on a daily basis, as this ensures your body receives the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients it requires. If you live in Sydney, why not order organically grown fruit and vegetables from a small organic farm? Search online to find small organic producers and they also deliver to your door.
- Mental health issues – There is such a thing as postpartum depression (PPD), recent studies showed that 17% of women worldwide suffered mental health issues after giving birth. Be mindful of how you feel and talking to someone is a great way to relieve stress; this might have something to do with hormones, which take time to adjust after childbirth. Online counselling is available for Australian citizens; Google can help you locate a digital platform where trained counsellors are there to help.
- Avoid heavy lifting – It is important that you do lift heavy objects, which could damage the abdominal muscles; this is especially pertinent for mothers who had a C-section delivery. This is one area that your partner can help; if you need the cot moving, for example, leave it to him.
- Hand washing – As you are in close contact with baby, you should regularly wash your hands to ensure that bugs or germs are not transmitted. Some mothers use antiseptic wipes, which is just as good as soap and water, if not better.
- Download a mum’s app – There are some cool new Australian mum apps where you can connect with other mothers who are on the same journey. If you have any concerns or questions, there are seasoned mums ready to give advice. Some apps are free (with ad content) while others cost a few dollars, which is nothing when you consider the many benefits the app brings.
- Partner inclusion – Your partner should be the foundation of your support group (every new mum needs one); encourage participation and provide necessary motivation (something we all warm to). Good communication is important in every relationship and with the support of your soulmate, the transition to parenthood will be smooth and enjoyable.
- Make some ‘me time’ – As demanding as motherhood can be, you need to set aside a little ’me time’, so you can indulge in your passion, whatever that may be. It might be art, listening to classical music, or binging a series on Netflix; your partner can hold the fort while you spend some quality time doing what you love. Treat yourself to a weekly spa massage session, you deserve it!
This is an exciting time in any woman’s life and with the right support, you will take to parenting like a duck to water.