How to Prep for After You Have a Baby
Childbirth is a divine, life-changing experience, but without the proper help and support required, it can be a nightmare, especially for a first-time mom. Pregnancy comes with its tribulations, from nausea to the swollen face and feet, but postpartum is not easier. We understand that you can be overwhelmed by all that is expected of you after you have safely delivered your baby, and we are here to help.
We have put together a detailed list of things to help you not have such a hard time after you have a baby.
Rest So You Can Heal
Giving birth to a baby, or multiple ones, for that matter, is no easy task. It demands a lot of physical and mental energy from the mother. This energy does not just pop back up after delivery; in fact, more of it is spent.
While your body is healing and trying to get back to its pre-pregnancy state, your newborn baby requires your constant attention. Between the sleepless nights trying to calm your baby and the new breastfeeding experience, you do not need additional pressure.
Get a domestic hand or a relative to help with house chores before and after your baby is born. This way, you will have a lot of time to recuperate and bond with your new bundle of joy.
Look for a Pelvic Physical Therapist
You will most likely be too busy and tired to seek one out after childbirth, so you need to do it now. Pregnancy brings many physical discomforts, and when you get to the third trimester, you are bound to start feeling the pressure on your pelvis. Wouldn’t it be great if our bodies just snapped back after the baby? Well, they don’t. Your baby pushing down on your pelvis during pregnancy and the pressure from childbirth (if you have a natural birth) will significantly weaken your pelvic muscles.
Your body can remain in an almost similar state after pregnancy for close to a year. That can be frustrating for most mothers, some of whom want to hit the gym as soon as possible. A pelvic therapist helps you understand what is going on with your postpartum body and advises you on what you need to do to strengthen your pelvis.
You can also check out the tips on how to find the right pelvic physical therapist.
Stock Up on Food and Drinks
Trust me when I tell you that you will not have the time to go into the kitchen and fix yourself a nice home-cooked meal. Forget about it! The truth of the matter is that you will not be able to do most of the things you could do before for a while, and you need to accept that.
Prepare yourself by having someone cook and freeze food for you so that when you’re hungry, you can pop something in the microwave and eat. That is not the time to be picking about canned food, especially if you do not have a helper or you’re living alone. You are likely to feel snacky a lot because breastfeeding burns calories like hell-fire, so you need to buy as many snacks as you can.
Go Easy on Your Body
A majority of women get diastasis recti just after giving birth. It is commonly known as a pooch or a protruding belly. A pooch is nothing to be ashamed of, and with the right guidance, it can go away almost as fast as it appeared.
Every mother provides exercise programs based on research and formulated to help you restore your core strength. We have a detailed, easy-to-use app that provides you with the necessary workouts to achieve your desired body. Our program understands that you have close to zero free time, so we have short workout sessions you can do anywhere in your home.
Don’t just sulk about your postpartum body when you can get rid of that pooch today.
Preparedness when it comes to childbirth and postpartum recovery is a vital requirement towards keeping you sane. Postpartum depression is mostly caused by anxiety and stress during and after pregnancy. Consider these tips to avoid stressing yourself and your baby out. Happy Motherhood!