Thursday, December 19, 2019

Self-Care After Childbirth: A Thoughtful Guide

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In the wake of one of the most extreme and amazing experienced of your life, that being childbirth, it’s not uncommon for women to feel tired, upset, depressed or irrational. As you prepared for birth during your pregnancy, you’ll have heard the advice of other women, your midwife, and the books that you’ve read – that the period directly after the birth of your child can be difficult to deal with. In this article, you’ll learn some thoughtful ways to treat yourself and be kind to yourself in the weeks and months following the birth of your child. 

Rest Up 

As your partner will no doubt encourage, following the birth of your child, it’s time to rest up. Of course, you’re going to want to be around your infant a great deal during their first days on this planet, but you also need to care about number one. The physical trauma of childbirth takes some time to recover from – and you’re about to enter into a period of your life where your sleep is interrupted a good deal, so this is certainly a good time to rest. 

Nourishment 

After the birth of your child, you are free to eat and drink whatever you want – with limits, of course, given the fact that you might be breastfeeding for a while yet. With this in mind, your dietmay well change during the post-birth weeks and months, but it’s deeply important that you take consideration not only of your health and that of your baby but also your general enjoyment of food. 

Privacy and Socialization 

On both ends of the spectrum, your social life after the birth of your baby is going to change. Your friends and family will want to see you and meet the new member of your family, and so you could find yourself booked up for a great deal of time, but these visits can be tiring. Therefore, you could benefit from postponing these visits. Remember, babies remain cute for a long time. Instead, spend time with only your partner, or even alone, to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the well-wishers

Your Relationship 

Over the course of your pregnancy, your relationship with your partner may well have changed. That’s of course not to say that it’ll have become worse – in fact, it’s more than likely that it’ll have become better in some way, that you’ll have grown closer. Still, you’re now the proud owners of a young life, and the custodians of its future, and that’s something that can put a strain on your relationship. Make time to be together so that you can make this stage of your relationship crackle with old passions. 

Physical Health 

After pregnancy and childbirth, your body has been through a lot of change and trauma. If you’re self-conscious about your body or upset with the way it’s changed your belly and your sexual organs, it’s perfectly acceptable – and rather common – to have surgery to put this right. Look up David Ghozland and the vaginal reduction surgery they have, for instance, to see how they can help you post-childbirth. It’s self-care such as this that’ll complete your post-birth thoughtfulness towards yourself. 

Use these tips to be kind to yourself in the immediate aftermath of giving birth.

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