The importance of first 6 Postpartam Weeks

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[h=2]Importance of the first 40 days after delivery[/h]If you have just had a baby, you may have been told by your family members that the first 40 days after delivery are important. The practices during these days may vary depending on which part of the country you are from. But largely, the first 40 days are seen as a confinement period, meant for you to recuperate, gain strength and bond with your new baby.

It's quite natural to feel that 40 days is too long. You may want to get out of the house before that. Or you may simply find it too restrictive. If your recovery is taking longer than you expected though, you will probably be happy for the excuse of these 40 days to get all the rest you need. However long you end up spending on your confinement, enjoy this precious time you get for yourself and your baby before the mad rush of life sets in again.

Your body will be going through a lot during these first few days of motherhood. Here is how you can make the most of the confinement time to help you recover well.


[h=2]Rest to recover after the birth[/h]Your body needs time to get back to the way it was over 9 months ago. And whether you've had a vaginal birth or a c-section, you'll find your body going through physical changes like postnatal bleeding, urinary incontinence, constipation and bruising. You may also have stitches from an episiotomy or a c-section. If you've had a c-section, you may take longer to recover and will need to take care of the cut on your belly. The best way to recover is to rest.

Rest may not be easy to come by with a newborn. Your little one will probably want to be fed every two hours through the day and night, and will probably pass urine as often. Experienced mothers know what you are going through, so you might find that your mother or mother-in-law are willing to take over looking after the house. Let your family and friends lend a hand with chores or you can hire help such as a cook or a cleaning lady, if needs be. This will help you concentrate on resting and looking after your little one.
 

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[h=2]Postnatal emotions[/h]You have just been through an overwhelming experience. Due to the exhaustion of labour and the hormonal changes that take place in your body soon after a delivery, you may find yourself swinging from being happy to cranky. This is known as the"baby blues" and it is said that 8 out of 10 new mums have it. Around one in 10 new mums suffer from more serious "postnatal depression". This can cause severe mood swings, sadness and guilt. But don't worry, once diagnosed, this condition can be treated. Use the confinement period to help you get over this emotional upheaval and bond with your baby, so that you are able to enjoy motherhood fully.


[h=2]Breastfeeding your baby[/h]Doctors, medical experts and the Ministry of Health recommend breastfeeding your baby exclusively for six months. Though it is the best nourishment for your little one and the most natural one, breastfeeding doesn't always happen easily. You may have starting troubles. And it's quite normal to have problems like engorged breasts,breast refusal or sore nipples. In addition, the night-time feeds can take their toll on you.

Fortunately, there are ways to cope with breastfeeding issues.. And you might find yourself very happy for the first few days of confinement to spend some quality time with your baby perfecting the art of breastfeeding.


[h=2]Nutrition after the birth[/h]Once your baby is here, you are sure to hear a lot about what you should and shouldn't eat. The traditions vary from region to region and almost from family to family. Though there might be many restrictions, eating healthily is vital for you to heal well and to produce good breastmilk for your baby. So make sure you get all the vital nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins in your diet. Eating right will not only help you recover and give you the strength to carry out your new duties as a mum, it can also help you lose weight sensibly.


 

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[h=2]Other postnatal traditions[/h]There are many customs and traditions followed during the first 40 days after delivery, which vary across regions. Your mother may give you a special massage or some traditional food meant for a new mum. A well-meaning elder in the family may introduce you to healing exercises and interesting rituals. Though some of these customs may be difficult to follow, you may find some of them useful.

If you feel like the traditional restrictions linked to this period are difficult to follow, speak openly to your family members about your feelings. With the exhaustion of the delivery and the baby blues kicking in, it is best to take things at your pace and give yourself the best chances of a quick recovery. Some of these restrictions were useful at a certain period in the past but might not be as relevant today. Others, such as the traditional post delivery massage, might make you feel good. Just keep in mind that the better you feel, the better you will be able to look after your little one.




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