Pregnancy is very important period for mother and baby in her womb. Women should take great care of diet , lifestyle in pregnancy. After delivering baby new mommy gets busy with the new responsibilities and baby. Women should continue taking care of herself after pregnancy also. It helps to heal from the Labor ,pregnancy and to regain original strength. There are number of traditional confinement diets , techniques followed from many traditions for new mothers. Following these confinement diet and rest is of great help for new mommy. Following are some of the tips used to take care of mommy in confinement period.
Taking care of mother after birth/ delivery:
Eat all nutritious food which is suggested by your health care provider/ doctor .Include foods from all groups like fruits, vegetables, dry fruits ,carbs and proteins. Eat more vegetable soups, fruit juices ,lentil soups and milk ,as it’s been said that liquid food like this helps to boost breast milk supply. Mommy who is breast feeding baby , should eat small meals after every few hours for more breast milk production.Foods like milk , dry fruits are high in calories but they help in boosting breast milk, and ghee aids digestion. If you have already taken these foods in pregnancy, continue it for few more days and don’t cut these foods immediately after delivery.As mommy needs complete nutrition avoid starting dieting (for weight loss ) immediately after delivery.
#2. Physical exercise
Avoid starting physical exercises just after delivery. Do not lift anything heavy for few weeks after delivery .Continue no lifting habit of pregnancy for few more days after delivering as well. Don’t worry too much for increased weight in pregnancy, as with breast feeding and proper diet and exercises weight loss is possible. Don’t start to work out immediately , enjoy this baby fat for few more days. Take some time to rest , relax and heal and then slowly start physical exercise/activity. Take suggestion from doctor/ physiotherapist before selecting exercises. As not all exercises are suitable for mothers.
After delivering baby women take massage to complete body with mixture of various oils. It helps to remove fatigue from pregnancy and delivery.Ideally this massage is given by experienced lady for minimum 20 minutes daily.It includes full body massage, which helps to strengthen muscles .If delivery is C-Section , avoid massaging tummy and lower back area. As c – section wound needs time to heal.For natural birth delivery mommy can start massaging with health care provider’s advice.Massaging helps to lighten dark skin, stretch marks and tighten loose skin caused by increased tummy size in pregnancy.Do not worry too much about stretch marks, dark skin. As stretch marks can be lightened to some extent with natural oils , creams.
For resting yourself take small naps in a day when baby is sleeping. As many new born sleep in a day and are awake till late night or till early morning. So mommy can’t get enough sleep at night. More rest is necessary for recovering from delivery.
#5. Take Help:
Try to take help in doing household chores from family, friends, helpers. Don’t do excessive physical work ,house work just after delivering baby as you may get over tired.This is the period when mommy should take care of herself for healing faster from delivery and pregnancy.
Avoid any mental stress or reason for mental stress after giving birth.Stress not only affects mommy but also the new born baby.Stress can affect on breast milk supply also.
#7. Ayurvedic medicines :
Discuss with your doctor and continue the health supplements (Folic acid, calcium ) given in pregnancy. These supplements are recommended for breast feeding moms.Few ayurvedic medicines /herbs used by many generations for faster recovery after giving birth. Some of them are as following : Vekhand (Sweet flag ) powder is used for applying on forehead/ head of new mommy. Kathbol is used for more breast milk production. Sesame oil for massage.
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