A healthy, happy mom makes a healthy, happy baby. Postpartum care is as important as taking care of your baby’s needs so that you can recover properly to take on new challenges as a mother. That includes getting plenty of rest, limiting visitors and establishing a routine with your newborn.
Postpartum Recovery: Physical Care Tips
Delivering a baby is hard work and you probably could not sleep much in the hospital. Rest whenever you can. We know it is challenging as you just had a baby. Getting help from your spouse and family members for the laundry and cleaning if it is possible while you focus on nursing your baby and resting whenever possible.
Avoid lifting anything that is heavier than your baby while you are recovering. This is especially important if you have had a Caesarean delivery. If you have stairs at home, try limiting stair climbing. If there is no way to avoid it, climb the stairs slowly until your wound has healed.
It is also helpful to keep your baby's cleaning routine simple. Your newborn baby does not need a bath every day. Instead, use Gauze Handkerchief and water to wipe your baby’s face and body will do when he is not taking a bath. Also, using Antibacterial Cut Cotton to clean your baby’s bottom can help clean poo and pee effectively while preventing diaper rash.
Postpartum Recovery: Mental Health Care Tips
It is common to experience waves of emotions after you have delivered a baby. It is really important to care for your mental health to reduce the chances of postpartum depression. During this time, you need time for yourself and caring for the baby. Hence it is totally okay to limit visitors when you are not ready.
It is also important to ask for help. Let your family members know ways they can help you, whether it is cooking, doing laundry, babysitting older children or grocery shopping.
Remember to not strive for perfection. Accept the little messes at home, things not done, baby not cooperating. You are the best mom your baby can ask for.
Postpartum Recovery: Perineum Care Tips
If you had a vaginal delivery:
- Wear stretchy and comfortable underwear for the first three months of recovery so it does not apply any pressure to the sensitive bottom area.
- Use sanitary pads for the vaginal bleeding, not tampons as they may lead to infections.
- Use a perineal squeeze bottle to wash off after urinating. Squirt yourself with warm water from front to back, then gently pay dry with Antibacterial Cotton Sheet after every wash as it is softer and gentler for the sensitive stitching area.
- Change your sanitary pad often. Also be sure to change the pad after every bowel movement to avoid bacterial infection.
- Keep your perineum (the area between vagina and rectum) very clean. It can be swollen and painful after birth. Use Antibacterial Cotton Sheet to keep the area clean and dry. This will help prevent bacterial infection.
- Try sitz bath to relieve discomfort in your perineal region. Soaking this area in warm water promotes healing and reduces pain. After sitz bath, you can pat dry yourself with Antibacterial Cotton Sheet.
If you had a Caesarean delivery, your incision area will be sore. It is important to clean the incision clean and dry. You can take sponge bath or shower. Then, gently pat dry with a clean towel or Antibacterial Cut Cotton or Antibacterial Cotton Sheet. They are a good option to keep the incision clean and dry, aside from being soft and gentle on the skin. Your incision may itch as it heals, be mindful not to scratch it.
We know that a lot of mothers want to get back in shape after delivering a baby, but please be patient. Your physical recovery and mental health come first. You also need nutritious food to nourish your body after giving birth. Go for your routine checkup with your healthcare provider to make sure your incision is healing properly before you restart any physical activity. Remember, a healthy and happy mommy makes a healthy and happy baby!