Having a baby puts immense strain on the body. From the physical weight of carrying the baby before it’s born (plus the extra baby weight that most of us gain!) to the masses of hormones flooding our body. On top of this, we then have the delivery of the baby- and even an ‘easy’ birth is never easy on us physically. If you have an especially long labour, complications, need stitches or end up having a cesarean then it’s even more recovery time. When you’ve just had a baby, your thoughts will of course be on looking after them- but it’s important that you don’t neglect yourself too. After such a significant event, you need time to recuperate and for your body to heal. Here are some of the ways you can look after yourself after having a baby.
When you found out you were pregnant, chances are you ate as healthily as possible to provide yourself and your unborn child with all of the nutrients and vitamins you needed to thrive. Be sure to keep this up when the baby arrives, you’re of course pressed for time now and you’re working to your baby’s schedule but it’s possible to eat well if you’re prepared. Before the birth, spend some time cooking healthy, delicious meals and portioning them into plastic boxes and freezing. That way, when you don’t have the time to cook you always have healthy home cooked food- you just need to put it in the microwave. This prevents you from calling for an unhealthy takeaway just because it’s easy. Friends and family tend to help out in the early days, if they want to cook for you and bring you healthy food then take them up on the offer!
Take care of your skin
As a new mum, your beauty regime can pretty much go out of the window. No more hour long soaks in the bath, or sitting at your dressing table each evening luxuriating yourself in pampering products. However, it’s not to say you should give up completely- looking after your skin will help you to feel your best and prevent premature aging. A day cream, a night cream and an eye cream will keep your facial skin in check. A body lotion and a nipple cream if you’re breastfeeding are also essential. You can apply these things in just a few minutes after you’ve had a quick shower.
Get as much rest as possible
This might sound impossible when you’ve just had a baby, but do what you can. Perhaps you and your partner could do ‘shifts’ to allow the other one to get some sleep in the first few days. If you have friends and family willing to watch the baby while you grab a nap, this can be really helpful. Any extra sleep will improve your mood and also allow you to heal after the birth too. Don’t be afraid to ask your support network for help.
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