While most women go through postpartum recovery after giving birth, each one has a unique experience. However, a few tricks can help any new mother have a faster and better recovery. Here are six critical things for a woman to consider during the six to eight weeks after childbirth.
1 Eat and Sleep
This may be the most common advice new mothers are given to recover after delivery. It is recommended that they focus on eating healthy foods and sleeping as often as possible. During this time, it is important to pay attention to how your body is healing.
After a few weeks, you will begin to feel better and be tempted to do more. The trick is not to overdo it. Be careful how you get back to other activities because you can suffer a significant setback in your recovery if you hurry. Walking half an hour every day is a great way to start exercising. Your healthcare provider should approve the exercises you do.
2 Check for Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal wall muscles. These muscles stretch during pregnancy and do not go back to normal after delivery. This is why most women have protruding bellies after childbirth that can last the rest of their lives.
You can learn how to check for diastasis recti yourself. It can be prevented and reversed without surgery. You need to understand the therapeutic activation of deep core compression. You also need to be aware of the exercises you should not do while strengthening your abdominal muscles, such as conventional sit-ups.
3 How to Avoid Constipation
Constipation is common after childbirth. Any kind of anesthesia or pain-relieving drugs may cause constipation. There are several ways to alleviate the blockage. Start by drinking plenty of water. This is essential anyway if you are breastfeeding. Try to eat foods with a lot of fiber, such as leafy green veggies and whole grains. If you don’t have a bowel movement by four days after delivery, call your doctor. You may be given a mild stool softener.
4 A C-Section Has Different Rules
The eating and sleeping rules are the same, but a C-section is major surgery and needs to be adequately treated for a good recovery. You can take pain medication even if you are breastfeeding. Ask your doctor. It’s all right to walk after a c-section, and it is encouraged, but don’t pick up anything heavier than your new child and avoid driving. Your doctor will tell you when you can resume normal activities, mostly an exercise regimen. If you start strenuous exercise too early after your surgery, you can cause yourself severe damage that may take months to heal.
5 Breastfeeding Has a Learning Curve
When you start breastfeeding for the first time, it may not be as easy as you think. It’s normal to have problems in the beginning. While you are still in the hospital, you can ask for help from an expert and avoid anxiety. If, at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying. Drink a lot of water, and don’t give up. Once your child is feeding smoothly, you’ll forget you had problems in the beginning. Also, don’t believe the myth that breastfeeding is the right contraceptive. It isn’t. Ask your healthcare provider if you need a contraceptive during postpartum recovery.
6 Abdominal Pain Is Natural
Your uterus needs to go back to its standard shape and size. This may cause a little pain. This is called afterpain and may be sharp or dull. If you breastfeed, the pains may come more often because breastfeeding stimulates chemicals that make the uterus contract. Heat applied to the area when you are breastfeeding or any other time the pains occur helps most women. You may use a hot water bottle or heating pad. After a few weeks, the pain will subside. If it doesn’t, you should inform your doctor.
Childbearing has been an angular stone of humanity since the dawn of time, but that doesn’t mean it’s as smooth as silk. You will have challenges the first few weeks after delivery. These are just a few essential things to remember and some suggestions on how to deal with them.