Caring for a newborn, the changes in your routine (especially for first-time mothers) and breastfeeding can make you exhausted. Treat yourself with care, following our tips:
- Did your baby fall asleep in the afternoon? Take a nap, without any guilt. The excess tiredness can make your everyday life feel “heavier”, which accumulates along the way.
- Tell your OB-GYN if you present abundant vaginal bleeding. The lochia (a type of postpartum heavy bleeding caused by removing the placenta) is normal and can last up to three weeks, but too much blood should raise some red flags. Seek out a doctor in case you feel feverish, some redness around your breasts, loss of appetite, uncomfortableness and/or swelling in your legs.
- Remember that recommendation to keep yourself hydrated during the pregnancy? It’s still relevant. Besides, it’s important for women who are breastfeeding. During the postpartum phase, eat lots of protein: lean meats, fish, milk, cheese, eggs, soy and beans.
- In some cases, you mind find it hard to urinate and evacuate during the first few days, as well as experience some abdominal pain. Don’t fret: the stitches won’t give out. Sit carefully on the toilet and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- A soak can help alleviate the uncomfortable feeling in the perineum area. If you underwent an episiotomy or a C-section, wash the stitches carefully with lukewarm water and soap and dry them well.
- The C-section requires absolute rest for about 5 days. No carrying heavy weights or making any sudden, harsh movements.