So you've just had a new baby!
But what now?
What are the first 40 days after delivery all about?
This period is an important time for both you and your baby as you adjust to life with a new addition.
Keep reading to find out more about what to expect during these crucial days.
First 40 days - do's
1. Let hubby attend to matters for a while.
Any activity that would be too strenuous, such as moving houses or playing racquetball, can wait. Only attend to matters if they need your immediate attention.
2. Workouts are a no-go.
For the first 40 days, even if you feel and about a few days after giving birth, your body isn't ready for high-impact workouts yet.
Although most mothers can be back on their feet within two weeks, they're better off restricting themselves to low-impact activities, like yoga.
3. Sex? No!
You’ve just had your baby hence muscles and whatnots are probably very sore.
Sexual intercourse should preferably only resume after the postnatal check-up.
Of course with the hormones going haywire in you, sex may be something you would pounce on.
Refrain yourself for six weeks if possible.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Or you can handle this situation according to your own way according to the situation.
If the previous paragraph has upset your husband, here’s something he can rejoice about.
When we said preferably no sex, we didn’t rule out love play.
Hand petting by you on him or vice versa is encouraged.
You don’t want to reach a point where you both lose interest in sex.
1. Do build up on good nutrition.
Our advice is not only to assist you to get into the restoration process or to supplement your baby with the necessities when breastfeeding or with sore nipples.
We are emphasizing it because research has revealed that a nutritious diet (with moral support) can help women remains to prevent mood swings, which can reduce the postpartum recovery of depression and confinement period.
2. Do drink lots of water.
Allow us to emphasize why we're not merely informing you but writing it in caps and underlining it before you roll your eyes at us and mumble that you already know.
Water simply helps with general stuff such as flushing out poisons and aiding digestion and elimination.
Drinking a lot of water also aids in the production of milk.
The advantages of receiving a massage are immeasurable.
A massage not only relaxes new mothers, but also relieves tension, reduces fluid retention, aids the uterus's restoration to normal size, and removes cellulite.
Before you do this massage, consult with a massage therapist if you've had a C-section delivery.
Rest and more rest.
Because nursing affects the hormones, you would become weary.
There is no such thing as too much rest for a new mom. Learn how to take a catnap.
This will be particularly useful when you have to get up in the middle of the night to feed your kid (baby naps) and also help you with your own health, your own pace, and physical and emotional challenges.
It is important also because the birth of a child & baby's development is an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother.
Many modern mothers call their mother-in-law or family member's during this to help her to manage everything including rest.