It’s not all about baby! To be a healthy mom, here are a few things you should do for yourself.
The world stops when your newborn arrives. All that matters are those tiny coos and cries. But taking care of yourself is just as important after giving birth. Try these simple things to be the healthiest mom you can be for your baby.
1. Get Your Rest
You may have heard the advice “sleep when the baby sleeps” many times before, but it is critical for new moms to recover from the physical and emotional stress of having a baby. To get more sleep, ask family and friends to help with errands, cooking, and cleaning.
2. Take Sitz Baths
Sitting in a few inches of warm water, or what’s called a sitz bath, two to three times a day will help heal the sensitive areas that were used in childbirth.
3. Get a House Call
Any woman—regardless of immigration status—who delivers her baby in certain hospitals in New York City can sign up for The Newborn Home Visiting Program. A health worker will pay an hour-long visit to your home in the first few weeks after birth to provide breastfeeding support and help create a safe and nurturing home for your family. Call 311 to find out if you’re eligible.
4. Talk to a Professional if You’re Blue
Changing hormones, along with anxiety about your new baby, can cause a range of emotions, including sadness and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Be patient with yourself. These feelings are normal and usually go away quickly. But if sadness lasts more than two weeks, see your doctor.
5. Go to Your Doctor
It’s likely your obstetrician will want you to schedule a follow-up appointment six weeks after you deliver. If anything unusual happens before your visit, call your doctor.
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“Health and Baby,” WebMD. Accessed October 26, 2015. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/tc/postpartum-first-6-weeks-after-childbirth-recovery-at-home
“Newborn Home Visiting Program,” The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Accessed October 26, 2015. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/pregnancy-newborn-visiting.page
“Recovering from Birth,” Office on Women’s Health. Accessed October 26, 2015. http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/childbirth-beyond/recovering-from-birth.html