Most moms after going through the ordeal of giving birth and going through the hustle and bustle of taking care of their newborn, they might forget to take care of themselves. Yet to be able to take better care of your child, you need to take care of you first. You might be tired, after all you just gave birth to a whole being and labour is not only physically exhausting but mentally too.
For you to recover quickly and be able to better take care if your child, here are a few tips to help you;
1. Ask for Help
Accept that you can’t do it all! There’s be no award for best mother of the year so if you need some help ask for it. You can ask for help from your mother-in-law, husband or family member and if there’s none, hire a help for a period of time. And if you don’t want to hire, reduce the chores.
You can be tensed up from the many chores you have to do, your muscles can be aching so the best way to soothe your body is to relax, get your husband to pour the oil and give you a massage. You need the soothing effect that massaging offers you.
3. Stay hydrated
Water helps with the function of your system, now more than ever you need to remain hydrated especially if you’re breastfeeding. So drink lots of water to ensure you don’t become dehydrated. if you are a lover of caffeine (in coffee, coke… ) reduce your intake of caffeinated drinks and foods if your baby is reacting to it. Instead drink more water, at least 6 to 8 glasses a day. Anytime you sit down to breastfeed your baby, drink a glass of water.
4. Eat Healthy
Foods rich in nutrients are what your body need after giving birth, you are breastfeeding and also need to regain your strength, eat more of whole grains(brown rice, wheat bread, wheat, millet, whole grain cereals), legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Also eat foods rich in protein, calcium, and iron.
Again although it’s quite annoying and many moms see it as impracticable I’ll still advice you to sleep when your baby sleeps. I know when baby is asleep is when you can get chores done, but how about you sleep when baby sleeps and when she wakes up, breastfeed her and when she’s calm, get those things done?
And finally, listen to good music the type you love to hear when in a good mood, get a massage and if you’re depressed talk to your doctor, and don’t forget to get a massage and finally sleep!