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Start Your Journey As A New Mom With These Tips To Boost Overall Health

Pregnancy can harm a woman’s overall health, which can interfere with the happiness that motherhood brings. A few tips to help you.

Winters are generally considered the best season to get pregnant. Not only is the weather cold and pleasant, but it offers a variety of foods full of nutrients and vitamins. Whether it’s wearing comfortable clothes, staying warm, or staying active during winter chills, the season is the perfect time to give birth. However, what often goes unnoticed is that the cold season comes with its own set of challenges for new moms!

The importance of postnatal care

Since a new mother’s body has already suffered a lot, she often feels weak and deprived of energy. This increases their risk of catching infections and being prone to allergies. Moreover, the likelihood of postpartum depression cannot be ruled out either. The situation becomes all the more difficult as they are usually advised not to take any medications as they can enter the baby’s body through breastfeeding. Therefore, it is important for new mothers to pay special attention to their health and take special precautions.

By taking the necessary precautions, the postpartum period can be transformed into a memorable motherhood experience. Here we share some tips so that winters can be treated gently for new mothers-

Mindful eating is important

It is imperative for a breastfeeding mother to maintain a balanced diet to ensure she has the essential nutrients. Intake of a healthy diet will further pave the way for boosted immunity levels. According to industry experts, new mothers should get enough protein in the form of grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Sugar and fried foods should be avoided as much as possible as they can drastically affect the immune system.

Importance of fruits and vegetables

Nursing mothers should be given ghee to increase milk production. Moreover, it is also suggested that they regularly consume various superfoods to boost their immune system. Fruits such as berries, oranges, etc. and vegetables such as carrots contain antioxidants contain vitamin A and are therefore beneficial for nursing mothers. Milk and curds provide the necessary calcium for the nursing mother. However, dairy products such as cream, ice cream can cause weight gain and have virtually no nutritional value. High-fiber foods are important because breastfeeding mothers are susceptible to constipation, which can lead to fissures and hemorrhoids.

Coping with bodily changes

Along with the emotional changes in a new mother, there are physical changes she goes through after giving birth to a baby. Weight gain is the most common and significant change here. What you need to understand is that losing weight is not an overnight process and so you have to be patient. After seeking the doctor’s help, you can start with moderate physical activity as per your convenience for a few minutes a day and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts.

Take care of your breasts

Since the breasts are filled with milk for a few days after birth, the engorgement will improve over time. For more comfort, you can apply hot or cold compresses to your breasts, massage them gently and breastfeed your baby longer.

Watch out for urinary tract infections

For UTIs, staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water can help alleviate problems.

Post-delivery care

One of the significant changes that a new mother experiences is vaginal tearing when the area between the rectum and the vagina stretches during childbirth. To recover and bring relief sitting in a hot tub for 30 minutes and applying antibiotic ointment after the suture line has dried will help healing of tears, after healing one should engage in exercises of Kegel to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

To pay attention

New mothers tend to stare at their cell phones longer than expected when they’re usually awake at night to feed babies. This puts them at risk for muscle soreness during the postpartum period. The risks of prolonged muscle pain increase during winters. New mothers should therefore avoid looking at cell phones and instead talk or interact with their babies. This will create a bond between mother and baby.

Summary

As much as holding the little bundle of joy brings peace and contentment, parenting the child can be exhausting on different levels for new mothers. However, they are required to take meticulous care of themselves in order to feed the baby well, as motherhood is a round-the-clock responsibility. It takes up their day, depletes their energy levels and even consumes their days and lives. nights.

However, baby blues are normal and this fact must be accepted. What should also be understood is that the body undergoes various changes. But with time, patience, and following the practical tips mentioned above, new mothers can ensure that their motherhood journey and baby care responsibilities are easily managed!

(This article is written by Dr. Gayathri. BN, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Milann Fertility & Birthing Hospital, Bangalore)

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