Ask the Doula Betty - Taking care of your postpartum body
Arranging for the Best Postpartum Care
Postpartum care for new mums is something that can easily be overlooked in the excitement of a new baby. However, it can make all the difference as you prepare for what will hopefully be a restful and healing postpartum!
Making sure you have a plan to care for Mum’s body and emotions is just as important as the feeding and care of the new baby.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning for the first few weeks after birth.
Be mindful of your perineum.
It is very important to be mindful of perineal care postpartum. If you had a vaginal birth and got stitches, it is even more important to be kind to your perineum as you recover.
Noonie Perineal spray that helps to soothe and cleanse the perineum and Noonie instant-cooling maternity pads to cool and calm the area are modern must-have. Try to also be aware of how your movements affect the area, and avoid things like stairs or getting in and out of cars as much as possible for a few days.
Nourishment for Mum is important!
Just like during pregnancy, good nutrition has huge benefits for mum during postpartum. If you can, set up a meal train with friends and family or have frozen meals ready to go after the birth. Warm, nourishing foods like soups and stews are wonderful for postpartum mothers. You should also continue to take prenatal vitamins for as long as you are breastfeeding.
Rest, rest, and more rest.
Pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum healing all make for a BIG job. Now is the time to focus on you and your bub to recover fully.
In many cultures around the world, new mums spend 30-40 days resting before they are expected to do anything but care for and bond with their new baby! So if you spend days, weeks or months focussing on resting and bonding with your baby, there’s nothing wrong about it! You do YOU!
Keep a “just in case” contact list.
Your “just in case” contact list should contain numbers for people you hope you won’t need to call, but won’t want to spend time looking for numbers if you do. Keep numbers for mental healthcare providers, lactation consultants, women physio, paediatricians and any other providers or services you might need to contact.
Having a new baby is a very big experience for everyone in the family. For Mum, there is the added layer of physical recovery in the weeks following birth that should not be overlooked! Taking good care of your postpartum body is one of the best ways to help ease your recovery and ease the transition to motherhood.
You’ve got this Mama!