Postpartum recovery is a slow process. After giving birth, the woman’s body lives more changes to regain normality prior to pregnancy. We can help the recovery but with patience.
Recovering after giving birth takes time. Many women will worry about their figure if they gained a lot of weight during pregnancy, other care that deserves the points of an episiotomy or caesarean section. The truth is that we are in a hurry to feel the way we were before pregnancy.
Pregnancy is an intense process of transformation that does not culminate with the arrival of the baby in the world. There are still many days, months, for the recovery after giving birth is total.
How can we care after giving birth?
Changes in the body of women after giving birth are physical, hormonal, and emotional. However, we may be able to help our body regain normality by following the recommendations.
The best thing to lose weight
The puerperium is not a time for dieting. Your recovery depends on your diet. But much of the weight you earned in pregnancy is lost naturally because they are retained fluids.
Breastfeeding can be your ally to lose the extra kilos that were added during pregnancy. You have to feed well, in a healthy and balanced way, because the nutrients you eat pass to your baby. For bottle-feeding mothers, there is no excuse for them not to eat well.
The appetite of a breastfeeding woman is often much higher than during pregnancy. The great thing about breastfeeding is that all the weight you earned and what you would gain by increasing your appetite will tend to lose it easily. You’ll be surprised!
A lot of attention to your scars
It takes care of the healing process of procedures such as episiotomy or Caesarean section. The first is usually done at the time of delivery to facilitate the expulsion of the baby. It has the most difficult physical sequelae to cope with after childbirth.
- The points used to close the incision between the vagina and anus require a lot of precision to keep the perineum area clean, dry and germ-free that can contaminate the wound.
- Caesarean section should be treated, too, with utmost care. Both incisions should be washed with a mild soap and dried very well with a clean towel with light touches. After a cesarean section, the woman should avoid lifting weight (except that of her baby), sweeping or cleaning the floor, driving or doing abdominals.
Be patient with your abdomen
After childbirth, your abdomen will be very flabby. The abdominal muscles have weakened after 9 months when they were stretched to the maximum. It will take time for everything to return to its place.
The onset of physical activity to strengthen your muscles you must agree with your OB-Obstetrician or midwife. If you exercised throughout the pregnancy, you had a normal vaginal birth and you have no pain, you will surely be able to resume a light exercise routine within a few days of childbirth.
If you had a C-section, the incision takes several weeks to heal. Even if you have taken a good workout during pregnancy, you will have to wait. However, although Flaccidity has little aesthetics, the only thing that is advisable are the slow-paced walks, which also help prevent blood clots.
Once you have the authorization to start, if you are going to attend exercise classes, try to locate options dedicated to women in postpartum. The routine must be low-impact, with toning and stretching exercises.
Accept the help they offer and rest
In the last days of pregnancy, it is becoming more and more difficult to fall asleep. Then, after giving birth, the newborn baby has an unstable sleep pattern that will provide you with several nights of poor sleep.
You have accumulated fatigue that weakens you to meet the requirements of the care of a newborn. It’s time to leave home chores for your partner, your mother, a sister, a friend and even your mother-in-law. Whoever is offered to take care of your home while you attend the baby receives the grateful support.
When the baby falls asleep in the day, take advantage and rest. We agree that it is not as repairy to sleep by day as at night, but if your baby falls asleep, sleep with him. Those minutes that you dedicate to close your eyes and relax are small steps in recovering normality after giving birth.
Cry and accept that you are in the middle of the puerperium
Physical recovery has a positive impact on the emotional. However, it must be recognized that postpartum is a swing of emotions. Women after childbirth can go from euphoric and happy to exhausted and sad.
In reality, the final days of pregnancy, childbirth and the first few weeks of life of the baby are physically demanding, and that affects how we feel. It is common that you can feel at times overwhelmed or even desperate. Fatigue helps to increase that instability.
Crying can help you unload the pressure you feel, do it every time you need it. With the passing of days you have to improve.
But if you feel like you’re getting worse, you might be suffering from a postpartum depression. You should consult your OB-Obstetrician or midwife. In severe cases, you may need psychological help or therapy with psychotropic.