Pregnancy is a period when an expectant mother follows a careful diet and her doctor’s instructions, to make sure her baby doesn’t develop any congenital disorders. However, after childbirth, a mother tends to take less care of herself. India ranks 55th in the global list of countries with high maternal deaths. According to a survey, in 2013, nearly 50,000 out of 2.89 lakhs of women died due to pregnancy-related problems. The main causes of these deaths were postnatal complications such as postpartum depression, sore nipples and vaginal bleeding.During the pregnancy period, a woman experiences a lot of changes, both physically and emotionally. Hence, postnatal care is as important as prenatal care. After childbirth, a woman needs special attention for at least the following two weeks. Here are a few tips that can help the mothers enjoy pregnancy, while keeping themselves healthy.

Don’t miss postnatal check-ups

Regular check-ups after childbirth are very important. A mother should not miss even one of these check-ups. During these check-ups, the doctor will closely monitor your weight changes, blood sugar and blood pressure, healing of stitches, etc.

Encourage breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not only important for the baby, but also for the mother. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers. Also, it helps in strengthening the mother-child bonding, as well as providing vital nutrients to the baby.

Follow proper diet and exercise

Follow a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins like fish, beef and soy proteins, leafy green, slim milk or low fat milk. Stay away from refined carbs, white breads, and sugary foods that will just end up spiking your blood sugar.

Take enough rest

Rest is necessary for new mothers in order to regain their strength. The best thing you can do is adapt to your baby’s sleep cycle. You can also seek external help to take care of your baby, while you are sleeping. You can also sleep near your baby to make feeding easier.

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