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The New Mother - Taking Care of Yourself after Birth

New mothers must take special care of their bodies after giving birth and while breastfeeding, too. Doing so will help you to regain your energy and strength. When you take care of yourself, you are able to best care for and enjoy your baby.

Rest is important post delivery:

The first few days at home after having your baby are a time for rest and recovery — physically and emotionally. You need to focus your energy on yourself and on getting to know your new baby. Even though you may be very excited and have requests for lots of visits from family and friends, try to limit visitors and get as much rest as possible. Don’t expect to keep your house perfect. You may find that all you can do is eat, sleep, and care for your baby.

Weight loss will be gradual:

Both pregnancy and labor can affect a woman’s body. After giving birth, you will lose about 10 pounds right away and a little more as body fluid levels decrease. Don’t expect or try to lose additional pregnancy weight right away. Gradual weight loss over several months is the safest way, especially if you are breastfeeding. Nursing mothers can safely lose a moderate amount of weight without affecting their milk supply or their babies’ growth.

Opt for a balanced diet and exercise:

A healthy eating plan along with regular physical fitness might be all you need to return to a healthy weight. If you are not losing weight or losing weight too slowly, cut back on foods with added sugars and fats, like soft drinks, desserts, fried foods, fatty meats, and alcohol. Keep in mind, nursing mothers should avoid alcohol.

You should include exercise and everyday physical activity in your dietary plan.

Keep yourself hydrated:

Along with balanced meals, you should increase fluids if you are breastfeeding. You may find that you become very thirsty while the baby is nursing. Water, milk, and fruit juices are excellent choices. Try keeping a pitcher of water and even some healthy snacks beside your bed or breastfeeding chair.