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Being a mother is hard, being a new mother while also dealing with the physically draining and in some cases painful after-effects of birth is even more so. That is why you not only need to get as many people as you can to help with caring for your new baby, but you also need to commit to your own health. There are a lot of complications that can occur during and after birth, and for the sake of you and your child, you need to do all you can to help your body heal and get back on track.
Understand How Your Body Can React to Birth
There are many ways the body can react to birth. Parts might tear, your pelvic floor might weaken, and you might have an over-reactive bladder, among many others. By knowing how your body can react, you can prepare not only to anticipate the symptoms, but you can have the tools to make your day easier. Incontinence following birth, for example, is quite common and having your choice of adult wipes and either pads or adult diapers on hand during this time can help you stay comfortable throughout your day.
Have a Team of Help
The first thing that you have to remember is there is no such thing as a super mom. In fact, trying to do it all will only hurt you and your child in the long run. Instead, get as much help as you can. When you first come home from the hospital, you will need time to heal. This means that your partner and family will need to do a lot in terms of taking care of the baby. This shared responsibility will actually help your child’s development, however, so don’t worry about needing a long bath in order to sooth the pain from birth.
Commit to Your Post-Birth Visits to the Doctor
Postpartum appointments are very important to make and keep, as there are a lot of complications that can arise after you give birth. By making these visits, you can ensure that your health is good and that your recovery is well underway. If there are complications, early detection is key. Postpartum hemorrhaging can be very dangerous, and going to your doctor can help you. For example, if your hemorrhaging is due to placenta that has remained in your uterus, you will need to have it surgically removed.
Improve Your Diet and Exercise
The better your diet and the more active you are, the sooner you can get back to your old self. This is also important to help you be the best mother that you can be and to return to your original, pre-pregnancy weight. Exercise helps you regain strength and increase your natural energy levels.
Getting back to your healthiest self can take time, and rather than try to sabotage your recovery by doing all you can to be a great mom, give yourself time. Your family and loved ones are there for you to help you with your newborn so that you can recover and get back on your feet faster.
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.