5 effective ways to restore your health after giving birth
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Pregnancy takes a toll on your body and the challenges don’t even end once you have given birth. The postpartum period can be a gruelling time as you slowly transition into your new role, care for your baby and focus on recuperating. With so much to juggle at once, it’s common for new mums to end up neglecting their own health. Here are five things you can do to make the confinement journey easier!
1. Treat yourself to a postpartum massage
Feeling sore and achy all over? You will be amazed at what a post-natal massage can do. They provide a host of benefits such as improving blood circulation, accelerating womb recovery, reducing swelling and cramps, boosting lactation, toning up your body and relieving stress. Imagine a certified massage therapist giving you the pampering of a lifetime — all in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you prefer a single-session home service or package sessions, the options are endless and will leave you spoiled for choice. Some companies even offer massages for your baby, so it’s definitely something worth splurging on!
2. Indulge in confinement meals
As the saying goes, you are what you eat! But did you know that healthy food can be delicious too? Enjoy popular confinement dishes such as ginger fried rice, vinegar pork trotters and mouth-watering soups to build up your immune system after labour. These tasty foods also help to boost energy levels, improve breast milk supply and replenish blood loss amongst other benefits! Don’t forget to stay hydrated too.
If you are too busy with other tasks and responsibilities to cook, consider hiring a confinement nanny to help you out around the house. Not only will she be great in whipping up nutritious meals, she can also take care of your newborn while you focus on your recovery.
3. Get ample sleep every night
It is recommended that adults get eight hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, research shows that new parents get only four hours and 44 minutes of sleep on an average night during the first year of their baby’s life. That’s 59 percent less than the recommended eight hour per night, meaning you lose the equivalent of 50 nights of sleep!
While it’s important to watch over your newborn, parents should not neglect their own health. This is especially so for postpartum mums, who are already weakened and exceptionally vulnerable after childbirth. They require undisturbed slumber so that their bodies and organs can repair themselves.
Of course, we understand that getting sufficient zzzs when you have just welcomed a baby can be quite the challenge. Therefore, we have come up with a list of seven ways you can sleep well as a new mother here. Some parents also engage a confinement lady to assist them and for an added peace of mind.
4. Share your thoughts and feelings
Motherhood is an emotional journey from conception to birth, and it can get overwhelming. Do you feel happiness, anxiety, fear, excitement and sorrow — sometimes all at the same time? Well, you are not alone. According to online statistics, one in nine women suffer from postpartum depression.
However, speaking to loved ones can be one way of alleviating symptoms and keeping postpartum depression at bay. Do not be afraid to express how you are feeling at each stage. Sharing what’s on your mind not only helps to take a load off your shoulders, it also allows those around you to better understand what you are going through.
Nevertheless, if you continue to experience baby blues (check out this list of symptoms!) over a prolonged period of time, we recommend seeing a doctor promptly to seek professional advice.
5. Don’t overdo it
We understand — there’s so much to be done all the time, now that there is a new addition to the family. However, know that it’s okay to ask for help and share the burden. Delegate tasks to your loved ones, get friends to run errands on your behalf or invest in a professional confinement nanny. You might be surprised by the enthusiasm of those around you!
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