Essential Self-Care Practices for New Mothers Post-Delivery

It’s time for a mother to go on a new path with her child following childbirth. The first several weeks could seem daunting. Now is the time to heal from childbirth and transition to a new stage of life. Because people who do not take care of themselves are unable to take care of others, self-care and baby care are equally important.

Irrespective of their delivery method, whether it’s a C-section or vaginal birth, mothers can find value in these suggestions for self-care after giving birth.

Take it easy to heal more quickly

You might not be able to get much rest or sleep while you’re in the hospital. Try to get some rest when your baby is sleeping at home. Your body can heal from a natural or C-section delivery with the aid of rest.

Make things easy

When it comes to raising an infant, keep it simple. You should familiarize yourself with the demands and schedule of your newborn as a new mother. You won’t have as much time as you once did to meticulously clean your home. Don’t worry about mistakes. If you need assistance with domestic tasks, laundry, cooking, or watching siblings, get in touch with friends and family.

Often wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently, especially after feeding the infant, changing the baby’s diaper, and using the restroom.

Avoid picking up large, heavy objects

Avoid lifting anything heavier than your infant, particularly if the delivery was Caesarean.

Steer clear of anything that could strain the C-section incision

Steer clear of activities that could strain the C-section incision, like climbing stairs.

Don’t overcrowd

Saying no to guests is acceptable if you don’t think it’s the ideal time to see friends or family.

Attend each doctor’s appointment after giving birth

Attend each doctor’s appointment after giving birth. A physician can assess the perineum wound and offer advice if you experience any postpartum problems.

Avoid douching or tampons

Don’t use douching or tampons for the first four to six weeks. Instead, use sanitary pads.

Consume wholesome meals and eight glasses of liquids

Consume wholesome meals and eight glasses of liquids, such as milk, juice, or water, each day. Do not consume caffeine-containing or alcoholic beverages during this period.

Start with light exercise

Start with light exercise, like walking, to help you rebuild your strength and take a mental vacation from your daily routine. See your doctor before engaging in more physically demanding activities.

Avoid engaging in sexual activity

Before engaging in sexual activity, wait for body healing and perineum wound or abdominal scar from C-section. Use birth control to avoid premature pregnancy, and consult a doctor for the best method.

Adapting to both physical and psychological changes

Postpartum changes are both physical and psychological, and discussing them with your doctor before giving birth can help prepare you for any potential challenges.

Breast swelling

Breast engorgement occurs when breasts produce too much milk, leading to edema and stiffness. Hand-pumping or compressing can alleviate discomfort, as milk production gradually adjusts to meet the baby’s needs.


Constipation, especially in C-section patients, can be managed with water and high-fiber meals, while hemorrhoids may require sitz baths or treatments.


Kegel exercises can help with incontinence caused by a torn perineum or weak pelvic floor muscles.

Uterine discomfort and cramping

Following delivery, the uterus shrinks, which causes cramping and uterine pain. Consult your physician about the appropriate and safe pain medicines.

Sweats at night

Hormonal fluctuations can cause night sweats to go away on their own. Wear breathable pajamas and keep the bedroom cool to help make the situation comfortable.

Vaginal secretion

Vaginal discharge is common in the first two to four weeks, but avoid douching and use sanitary napkins. Seek medical attention if bleeding is severe.

Gain in pregnancy weight

Pregnancy can cause weight gain, but postpartum can be managed through walking, moderate exercise, a balanced diet, and breastfeeding, which burns 500-700 calories daily. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for postpartum health.

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