6 ways to take care of your health after giving birth

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23 Apr 2024

6 ways to take care of your health after giving birth

      Taking care of yourself after childbirth is crucial for a mother's body to fully recover efficiently. Normally, a mother's body returns to its pre-pregnancy state within 6-8 weeks, including the healing of any birth-related wounds. Therefore, understanding and taking good care of oneself after childbirth can make everything smoother.

Here are 6 ways to take care of your health after childbirth:

  • Take calcium supplements or drink milk regularly, along with consuming a balanced diet of all 5 food groups, to help strengthen your bones.
  • Get enough rest because most mothers tend to not get enough rest after giving birth, which delays the body's recovery. Therefore, mothers should allocate enough time for rest to expedite the body's recovery.
  • Massage therapy, hot compresses, along with massaging with aromatic oils or oils with pleasant scents, can help alleviate pain.
  • Keep the breasts clean at all times because the mammary glands start producing more milk, and cleanliness of the breast area is important for the baby's health.
  • Engage in light exercises to strengthen and improve muscle flexibility. For example, practicing yoga is a good form of exercise that helps with posture and body balance.
  • Take care of the surgical wound. Whether giving birth in a natural way Or giving birth through surgery, there must be stitches. Mothers should therefore pay special attention to and maintain cleanliness. so that there will be no symptoms of inflammation and become infected causing the wound to heal more slowly This will affect raising children after birth as well.

Taking care of your mental health after childbirth :

      After childbirth, hormonal changes occur rapidly in a mother's body. Mothers must adjust to new roles, feel physically weak from childbirth, worry about their own health, and care for their newborns, which can lead to stress, irritability, or unexplained sadness, known as "postpartum depression." Therefore, partners or close individuals play a crucial role in helping share the burden of childcare and household chores, which can help mothers have better mental health, feel confident, and receive unconditional love.

Abnormal postpartum symptoms that should be promptly reported to a healthcare professional :

  • High fever without a known cause
  • Foul-smelling or bright red lochia (vaginal discharge) for more than 15 days after childbirth
  • Lower abdominal pain, discomfort, or burning during urination
  • Severe headaches
  • Swollen, red, or cracked breasts with nipple discharge or breast abscesses
  • Inflamed or infected stitches or incisions with swelling, redness, or pus

      While taking care of one's health may be challenging initially as you adjust, mothers should not neglect their own health because the better a mother takes care of herself, the better she can nurture her child to grow and develop healthily.



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