Up until this point your main focus would have been your health during pregnancy. If you are still currently pregnant, here’s our blog post on what to expect during this time. The postnatal stage of pregnancy is just as important as the pregnancy itself.
Not only can this time be a happy time but it is also a significant adjustment to your daily life. Each individual requires a different level of support during postpartum. We have compiled some helpful tips to assist you during this stage.
Taking Care Of Yourself
Taking care of yourself post birth is important for your recovery. Regaining strength whilst caring for your baby can be challenging. To assist you during this time it is key to be well rested.
Tips To Prevent Fatigue:
- Try to limit in hospital visits in the first few days
- Get help with daily chores
- Rest or sleep whilst your baby naps
- Share the care of your baby with your partner
Whilst adapting to motherhood it is normal to feel teary, emotional or anxious therefore getting plenty of rest is fundamental.
Postnatal blues are experienced by over 80% of women who have recently given birth. This can be caused by hormonal changes, sleep deprivation and adapting to parenthood. Symptoms of baby blues include irritability, tearfulness, anxiousness, mood changes, extreme sadness or loneliness.
These feelings should only last a few days postpartum. If you experience these feelings for more than two weeks we recommend seeking medical advice. There are plenty of changes that you will experience in the early stages of motherhood.
Changes In Your Body
Changes in your body occur throughout pregnancy and in the aftermath. Many women would like their pre-baby body back straight away; this can take time. Gentle exercise, healthy eating and breastfeeding can help with losing weight.
Each individual’s postpartum body is different so try not to compare your baby weight or weight loss to other new mums. A personal trainer will be able to assist you with a postnatal exercise program to strengthen your abdominal muscles.
It is important to start with light exercise and build up the intensity as your body recovers from pregnancy
Other Changes Include:
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
The pelvic floor changes whilst giving birth. Kegel exercises can help this area recover post pregnancy.
Hormonal changes can cause night sweats after giving birth. Removing a blanket and using a fan or air conditioning can assist with keeping cool.
As the uterus shrinks it can cause cramping. Seek medical advice for what medications to take if you are experiencing intense pain.
Producing breast milk can cause your breasts to become larger and feel fuller.
Vaginal discharge is a normal occurrence post pregnancy. Wearing pads during this time is important. Avoid the use of tampons, as they can cause infection.
If any of these changes are causing you concern it can be a good idea to discuss them with a healthcare professional.
You don’t have to become an expert in parenting overnight. Being a new mum is a learning experience. Over time you will discover your own personal routine and will be able to enjoy this special time with your family. There is plenty of advice out there but trust your natural instincts and do what works best for you.
Giving birth is a large adjustment and each new mother’s journey is unique. We understand that and provide the highest quality care to women pre pregnancy, during their pregnancy and postpartum.
If you are preparing for pregnancy have a read of our pre pregnancy tips for women’s health. You can rest assured that we will be there for support every step of the way.