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    A not so tough phase of life: Post Pregnancy Phase: Mr. Rajat Kapoor, Master Franchisee India, Seraphine

    Published on October 22, 2020

    Mumbai : Giving birth to a new life isn’t that easy as it might look to others, a mother has to go under several test, medication etc to give birth to a new human being.  Everyone takes care of the mother and baby during the maternity period but the caring must not be ended here. Mom’s wellbeing after bringing baby home should be everybody’s priority. During the pregnancy phase, we focus alot on her wellbeing, diet, exercise and health in general. However, once the baby comes home the focus shifts towards the baby and the mother’s health is neglected to a larger extent.  Infact the mom herself is so indulged with her little one she forgets to take care of herself. Often women don’t sleep, skip meals and they do not take out any time for themselves. This is where things go wrong.

    We know for a fact, that looking after the new born will consume all your time, but you should not overlook your own health while doing the same. The entire post partum period for your body is to heal and recover. Taking care of yourself along with your little one maybe challenging, but in any which ways you will have to manage it. But the best part is, you will gradually get used to this routine, and this will turn into your new lifestyle.

    Meanwhile, you can keep a few things in your mind for an easy transition. Whether you have had a normal delivery or a C-section, these precautions work for everyone.

    1. Take enough sleep 

    One cannot stress enough on this topic, a mother hardly gets to sleep because she has to feed her baby and look after the family. But one should rest as much as she can. Ample amount of rest is a primary need for a new mom. Tip for new mom’s: you can sleep when you’re baby is sleeping. Learn to say no, do not take any extra household responsibilities at this stage of your life. And discuss with your family to share the load, as sharing is caring.

    2. Eat nutritious food

    Mother’s usually tend to skip their meals while feeding the baby. And most importantly, you’re breastfeeding your baby, you ought to eat well. Include citrus fruits in your everyday diet, have proteins in any form like eggs, meat, beans and soy products. It escalates your recovery. Also, avoid spicy and oily food and most important don’t forget to stay hydrated.

    3. Stay Fit and Healthy

    Women nowadays tend to complain regarding the weight gain post pregnancy, so one should do yoga and meditation to keep them healthy and stress free. Meditation helps you a lot to live a healthy and happy life. 

    4. Seek help from someone

    Assign a person to look after your baby or a family member. Hiring a person can save a lot of time and energy for you or maybe you can ask someone from your family to help you out for a few days. As we already know sharing is caring this is the perfect to lend a hand and ask someone to assist you, as it will be beneficial for you and your baby.

    5. Reach out to your Gynecologist

    During 1st pregnancy, you are completely unaware about this experience and tends to worry more, so keep your doctors number handy. Whenever you have any symptoms of an infection be it pain, pustule, swelling, redness, swollen lymph nodes, or a fever for that matter, don’t think twice just speak to them. Feel free to contact your doctor. Don’t go for home remedies as this is a very sensitive matter.

    6. Use cold compress for pain around the vaginal area.

    The cold compress (or using ice packs) helps in reducing the pain around the vagina after delivering a baby.  For you to avoid any sort of direct contact with the vagina, wrap the ice in a sterilized towel. This is a usual post-partum precaution which everyone takes.

    phones, doorknobs, counters and surfaces.

    3. Don’t call family or friends over to meet the little one or don’t take him/her to other people’s home. Stay indoor as it’s not for you but for your little one.

    4. If you’re taking your baby out to visit your doctor for regular vaccination, take all the necessary precautions suggested by WHO. 

    Lastly , we’ll suggest you to try and understand your little ones routine and plan our your routine around the same, so that you get your me time as well and recover while the baby grows. Understand that this phase is to rest and recover while bonding with your new born, rest everything can be done later.

    7. Clothes

    Post pregnancy phase is as delicate as the pregnancy time. Don’t wear too tight clothes as after delivery there are stitch in a C-section pregnancy or pain during a normal pregnancy. So avoid wearing tight clothes and try to wearing your loose maternity gowns, loose nighties, loose pyjamas etc.

    Things to keep in mind during Covid-19 pregnancy 

    Be extra cautious during this period because your immune system is weaker than others.

    1. Keep a sanitizer handy and using it before touching the baby, also don’t let too many [people touch the baby as it is highly risky.

    2. Constant cleaning and disinfecting the things that people tend to touch a lot can help, eg, mobile phones, doorknobs, counters and surfaces.

    3. Don’t call family or friends over to meet the little one or don’t take him/her to other people’s home. Stay indoor as it’s not for you but for your little one.

    4. If you’re taking your baby out to visit your doctor for regular vaccination, take all the necessary precautions suggested by WHO. 

    Lastly, we’ll suggest you to try and understand your little ones routine and plan our your routine around the same, so that you get your me time as well and recover while the baby grows. Understand that this phase is to rest and recover while bonding with your new born, rest everything can be done later.

     By Sachin Murdeshwar

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