Motherhood is the purest form of unconditional love. Becoming a mother is an extraordinary journey filled with joy, wonder, and challenges. From sleepless nights to the overwhelming responsibility of nurturing a new life, every moment is a learning experience. As you embark on this adventure, it’s essential to prioritize your health and well-being, not just for yourself but for your little one too. To help you sail through this new chapter with confidence, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to maternal health, offering invaluable advice and practical tips for new moms.

How to take care of your Health as a new Mom

  • Adequate Rest
    As a newborn baby has no fixed schedule and needs to be fed seven to eight times a day, a new mother can be overwhelmed by exhaustion. While it may seem impossible to get a full night’s sleep, prioritizing rest whenever possible is crucial. Take advantage of your baby’s nap times to recharge, and don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends and family.
  • Good Nutrition
    Your body needs the right nutrition as a new mother. Aim for a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products to support your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding moms need an extra 500 calories on top of their daily 1,800 to 2,000 calories.
  • Hydration
    Keep sipping water and other fluids throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, drinking water is essential for milk production and overall well-being. Aim for at least eight to ten glasses of water per day to keep your body hydrated.
  • Physical Exercise
    Gradually reintroduce physical activity into your routine to promote postpartum recovery and boost your mood. Start with gentle exercises like walking or yoga, gradually increasing intensity as your body heals. Remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen especially if you have had a c-section delivery.
  • Mental Wellness
    You must prioritize your mental health and seek support and care whenever required. Due to the hormonal changes after birth, it is normal to experience “baby blues” in the initial weeks after birth. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed or experiencing prolonged sadness, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
  • Postnatal Massage
    Consider postnatal massage as a way to promote healing and relaxation after childbirth. It is important that your massage therapist is experienced and gentle. If you have had a c-section delivery, check with your doctor before starting a massage.
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding
    Breastfeeding can be challenging, especially for first-time mothers. Reach out to lactation consultants or gynaecologists for assistance is you face certain issues such as lack of sufficient milk, leakage, heaviness, latching issues with the baby, etc.
  • Regular Check-ups
    Regular antenatal and postnatal check-ups at regular intervals are crucial to protect the health of the mother as well as the unborn child. Post-partum checkups are vital to ensure that your body is coping with changes and it helps you clarify any questions that you have about your health as well as your baby’s.
  • Managing Post-Delivery Bleeding
    Light bleeding post-delivery is normal and typically lasts for six to eight weeks. However, seek medical attention if bleeding is excessive or accompanied by fever. Additionally, be prepared for changes in your menstrual cycle, which may be delayed, especially if you’re exclusively breastfeeding.
  • Contraception
    Discuss contraception options with your gynaecologist to plan for future pregnancies effectively. While breastfeeding may offer some contraceptive benefits, it’s not a foolproof method, so explore other options to prevent unintended pregnancies.

Seeking Support and Guidance

Your journey through motherhood is unique, and it’s essential to prioritize your physical and emotional well-being every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance and support, whether you’re struggling with breastfeeding or coping with postpartum emotions. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are resources available to help you navigate the challenges of new motherhood. Do share how you’re feeling with your partner and close loved ones. Feeling supported is one of the best ways to get through the baby blues and begin feeling more like yourself again.

Postpartum care at KokilabenDhirubhai Ambani Hospital

Motherhood is a transformative experience filled with love, joy, and growth. By prioritizing your health and well-being, you can navigate this journey with confidence and grace. Reach out to experienced gynaecologists and obstetricians at our Centre for Mother & Child for compassionate postpartum care and support for breastfeeding. You can also reach out to our Department of Psychiatry for professional counselling assistance. Please find below links for further information:

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