- Commuting and Travelling in Pregnancy
- Diet in Pregnancy
- Use of Nappies
- New Mum’s Care
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Male Factor Infertility
- Pregnancy Sleep
- Sex in Pregnancy
- Pregnancy digestion problems
- Caring for your baby’s umbilical stump
- Your baby’s stool
- Bathing the newborns
- Nappy rash
- Baby Massage
- Exercise in Pregnancy
- Snacking at work
Postnatal Massage :- Modern mums seem to have a love-hate relationship with confinement. On one hand, it can be a wonderful way to rest and recover from the rigors of labor and delivery. On the other hand, some of the confinement customers can be restrictive, isolating or annoying.
The idea behind the 40-day confinement period has traditionally been to offer mums time to recover from birth, and to protect them and their newborns from infections. These reasons are still valid today, though isolation and staying indoors might no longer be as important as it once was.
Massage :- One of the nicest traditions for the 40 days is the daily full body massage. This post-pregnancy massage is believed to strengthen the new mother and help her recover.
The massage will help to:
- Relieve sore sports
- Relax tense muscles
Improve blood circulation
- Increase joint mobility
- Rejuvenate you
There are a variety of oils you can use for this massage. Also choose an experienced and reliable maalishwali, because if the massage isn’t done right, it can cause more harm than good. You should not let the maalishwali massage your breasts. The fine milk ducts that lead the breastmilk out of your breasts can be damaged by vigorous massage.
Keeping warm: – According to Ayurveda, heat can help a new mum recover from giving birth. This is why many of the traditional confinement foods are those that are believed to keep the body warm.
But there are other less pleasant customs associated to this belief. New mums are sometimes asked to cover their heads, wear long sleeves and socks. They also often have to bathe in hot water and drink only warm water. While this is fine to go along with in cold weather, it can get uncomfortable in the summers or the hot humid monsoon.
The key to following this custom is to listen to your body. Cover up as long as you feel comfortable but don’t overheat your system.
Tummy Exercise: – Many elders believe that tying stomach in a tight corset or with an old, soft cotton cloth will help flatten the stomach after birth. You may be surprised that you still look pregnant after your delivery, but this is normal. Your tummy muscles have been stretched and weakened and your womb needs time to shrink down to the size it was before pregnancy. The best way to get back into shape and tuck that tummy in is to start with gentle exercises.
Postnatal diet: – Ghee is an important ingredient in the traditional postnatal diet. While it is fine to have ghee in moderation, a high intake of ghee will encourage rapid weight gain that will be hard to shed later.
For the first few days after birth, very light food is given to the new mother, because it is believed that a woman’s digestive system is weak. But it is important for your recovery, as well as for the quality of your breastmilk, that you have a varied and healthy diet. The nutrients in your breastmilk come directly from the food you eat. Many new mums are told not to drink water. Instead they are offered carom (ajwain) or fennel (saunf) water. Even if water is given, it is usually warmed first. There is no harm in having carom, fennel or warm water, but if you don’t like the taste, it is better for you to have cool, plain water, than to cut down on your fluid intake.
If you are breastfeeding, elders will advise you to stay away from gas-giving foods. The list of gas-giving foods can be quite long and the list often changes from house to house.
In reality though, very few foods are known to cause gas. You should be able to eat and drink everything you want. However, some babies seem to react to something their mum’s eaten, and have symptoms such as colic, fussiness, or excessive crying.
In nutshell your postnatal diet should be a wholesome diet including ghee in moderation, carbohydrates, protein and vitamins and lots of fluid.
Care of the breasts: – This is very important aspect in the postnatal period. You should ensure that you are feeding the baby from both sides to avoid engorgement. Prolonged engorgement can lead to breast abscess which can be very painful.
Secondly while latching the baby ensure that lips of the baby are in contact with browns area (areola) around your nipple and baby sucks by pressing that area and not the base of nipple to prevent cracks.
In case of cracked nipples apply ointments like nipcare regularly. They are harmless to your baby.
Care of the perineum: – After a normal delivery usually there are stitches in your perineal area. It is very important to maintain hygiene of that area till they had.
Make it a point to clear your perineal area, thighs, buttocks with water after every time you go to pass urine or stool. Wash off the blood and discharge in that area. Pat it dry and then apply fresh pad.
Can use sitz bath if you feel very sore in that area.
After 4-6 wks. Start kiegel’s exercises to strengthen perineal muscles.