Following the birth of your precious newborn, is an important time for self care. Enjoy this precious time to feel like yourself again after childbirth before the mad rush of life sets in again.
Your body will be going through a lot during these first few days of motherhood. Although most women will cope, several months down the track it is often hard for to shake off the tiredness and exhaustion.
Here are 6 important tips to follow to ensure a good recovery to feel like yourself:
1. Stay warm
Stay away from cold drafts, cold weather and avoid cold and raw foods and drinks. Cover your head and neck and avoid being by an air conditioner.
2. Exercise and sweating
Avoid heavy exercise or sweating: Walking, light tai chi or yoga is fine. Heavy exercise will further deplete an already weak body and sweating will expand the pores allowing pathogens to enter the body. Therefore it’s best not the eat foods that are hot (like chili). Best to conserve and build up your Qi and blood again.
3. Soaking in water
It’s best not to take baths, vaginal douches nor swim, because the birth canal is still in the process of healing and contracting back to its original size.
4. Rest and Recuperate
It may be appealing that “super moms” will be fit and ready for action and exercise within a week or two following the childbirth, but this is not really the reality for most women Traditional cultures, particularly the Chinese and the Indian ones, have put into place the 30 days of rest to regain strength. It is a time when women are most vulnerable to pain depression and hormonal problems. A new mother needs to conserve her energy in order for her body to heal from blood loss, changes in the pelvic floor as well as being able to produce milk for breastfeeding.
Cold drinks are thought to have a bad effect on metabolism so Chinese women generally drink rice wine with the alcohol evaporated. Drink room temperature or hot herbal teas, more protein, cooked vegetables and not too much spice.
6. Breast feeding
If the childbirth was complicated (C-section or induction) this can cause further exhaustion, stress and difficulty with breastfeeding. Inappropriate diet, fatigue and stress are the most frequent causes of poor lactation. There is a need for confinement, rest and dietary remedies to encourage breast milk and to promote recovery from childbirth. Try fennel tea which is traditionally used to improve lactation if there is a lack of breast milk.