Of course, not. Hence, we have provided a few simple tips below that can help you keep your postpartum-complications minimal, while maintaining good health after childbirth:
Diet and Nutrition
Add vegetables like beans, beets, leafy greens and carrot to your diet that can help to nourish the body and enable bowel movements. Avoid vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower and cabbage for the first 3 weeks after childbirth. New mothers should also avoid leftovers and consume fresh, organic food. Do not miss any of your medications recommended by the doctor. Also, eat on time to prevent acidity problems.
New mothers should get oil massages. They help increase blood circulation and reduce muscle pain along with reducing postpartum stress. These massages can be done with:
– Massage with coconut oil gives a cooling, hydrating effect on the body. Applying coconut oil on the belly can help reduce stretch marks.
– Massage with almond oil can help reduce inflammation, stretch marks and muscle pain. It also improves skin complexion.
– It has cooling properties, which helps reduce postpartum stress and blood pressure.[NOTE: If you had a C-section, consult your doctor before getting a massage]
Hot Water Bath
Neem leaves are a natural antiseptic. Bathe in warm water containing neem leaves to help soothe tired and aching muscles. Use only soaps recommended by your doctor instead of commercial soaps.
After bathing, you can tie your tummy with belly binder or a cloth. It is believed that belly binding can help reposition the womb along with reducing stretch marks. It can also help reduce bloating and gas problems.
Always remember, it is not only necessary for a mother to take care of herself, but also for the family to make sure she gets all the help and affection she needs in order to recover after childbirth.