How New Mums Can Take Care of Themselves After Giving Birth

Because a healthy mum means a healthy family

Updated on August 31, 2017 8:08 am

Stephanie Yee

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Being a new mum is challenging. For some mums, the first few weeks after giving birth is the most challenging part of this whole cycle. Caring for a tiny baby demands a lot of your time, and balancing your chores in keeping your family and home while trying to recover, you might find yourself hungry, sleep-deprived, extremely exhausted, and probably sad.

Whether you are a first time mum or an experienced one, you can shake the baby blues away by properly taking care of yourself after giving birth. Here's how:

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1. Rest if you must.

Although an 8-hour sleep may seem far-fetched, finding ways to get more rest is important for new mums. You may take advantage of your baby's nap time by sleeping too! But if you cannot do cat naps, you may schedule your sleep in a way that works for you. Another way you can rest is to prop up your feet while carrying your little one and take a few minutes of relaxation. It is possible to find a time to sit down and rest, it just requires a little discipline from you.

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2. Eat right.

In addition to rest, eating the right food will keep you energized through busy days and sleepless nights. You need to maintain a healthy diet since your body has gone through many changes, and you need to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth.

Start eating right by having a well-planned balanced diet. Protein-rich foods, fruits and vegetables, grains, as well as dairy products are recommended. Also, have quick snacks in between meals. Increased fluid intake is also encouraged. Water, milk, and fruit juices are excellent choices.

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3. Exercise aplenty, but consult with your doctor.

Taking care of yourself physically also includes exercise. For a lot of new mums, rest is more important than exercise. However, there will be more energy when you add exercise in your routine even just for 10 minutes a day. Either you go out for a walk, do yoga, hit the gym, or whatever exercise you want to do, do it. But remember, do not rush things! You can exercise after getting the green light from your doctor.

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4. Make time for yourself.

Taking a break and making time for yourself is also an important part of this process. Find ways on how to treat yourself after a long day of changing diapers, nursing, and comforting your little one. For some mums, it could be their favourite snack or dessert. For others, it could be as simple as getting a 15-minute stroll outdoors to breathe in fresh air. Whatever it may be, you’ll benefit from finding little ways to treat yourself.

5. Talk to someone close to you.

Being a new mum doesn't mean you just focus on the baby and have no time to socialise. Part of being a healthy mum is allotting time to spend with friends, sisters, or even just with your husband when you can. It is important to talk to people who are close to your heart to discuss things that you are struggling with. Sometimes, new mums feel that they are alone and it is important to be reminded that they are not.

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6. Join support groups.

Support from other mums is also important. Make sure that you have other parents to talk to. You can join support groups for new parents by getting referrals from your doctor, community center, or mummy blogs. You can also start your own by making time to meet up with the mums in your family. Whichever you may be comfortable with, it is important to take care of your mental health and not just your physical well-being.

7. Take your postnatal checkups seriously.

You need to take better care of yourself now that you have a baby. Your regular trips to your doctor is as important as your baby's trips to her pediatrician. Take time to attend your postnatal check ups and this will pay off in many ways—not just emotionally and physically.

By being able to take care of yourself, you set a good example to your baby and family. Not only are you leading a healthy lifestyle, you also have more energy to spend for you to get through a very, very busy day.


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