How to restore energy after childbirth

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For many women, pregnancy and childbirth would fall into the category of
the toughest things they have ever faced in life. This is because the process
of birthing a new, precious life is not one to be taken trivially. Irrespective
of the delivery mode – be it natural or caesarian section – the body of a woman
goes through a lot of stress, change and pain. All births are unique and
every baby is special.

Then comes
the post-delivery period, the time when our bodies are supposed to regain
themselves and get stronger after a live delivery or an operation. During this
time, many women experience a lot of turbulence in their emotional states. This
is normal due to the rise and fall of various hormones. Another thing a lot of
women experience is tiredness. For those who might have had the chance to see a
recording of a childbirth video, you would understand the magnitude of the
stress involved in enduring the pain of just cervical dilatation. This is even
before the more active stages of birth. It is therefore important for the new
mom to get as much support as she needs.

THE
AFTERMATH OF BIRTH

Every mother
can relate to the first few days after giving birth: the erratic feeling of
tiredness, frequent breastfeeding episodes and the rest of the brouhaha. It can
get even more stressful for moms who tandem feed or have toddlers. During this
period, women experience a lot of mood swings; some even get depressed and
withdrawn due to the lack of sleep. This can further progress into a condition
known as
postpartum depression.

Every year
PPD is responsible for the death of at least one in seven new mothers through
suicide. PPD can present as increased irritability, sudden sobbing episodes,
anxiety and withdrawn moods days after baby birth. The most important thing a
new mom should do is work towards preventing such an occurrence. She can
achieve this by doing some of the following:

1.  
Know when to nap

It usually
takes about three nights of uninterrupted sleep to make up for a week of
sleepless nights. This is according to research studies, some of which can be
found
at “olatcc.com.br
site para ajudar os alunos na pesquisa científica” or “the site that helps
students with science research”. Either way, you should be wary of those times
you can nap in between days and hours. One of such perfect timings arises after
you must have fed your baby and put him to sleep. That is not the moment to
start stressing; drop all your chores and nap with him. This will help you
build up energy reserves, such that you don’t always feel too tired.

2.   Daddy, your turn

During the starting days
of the postpartum period, a man must understand the basics of the stress his
wife went through while giving birth. This is essential in order for him to
understand the caliber of help she needs from him while she recuperates. Shared
responsibilities at this stage are very helpful. Daddy gets to spend time and
bond with baby while mommy can cook or, best of all, take a much-needed nap.

3.   That one “tidy spot’

This would be very handy
for mothers who have to deal with a toddler and a new-born. If you have ever
taken a Lamaze class while preparing for labor, you would recall the basics of
the class. These basics focused on specific breathing patterns to help cope
with the labor pangs. Now, we all know how active toddlers are. You would
probably have toys flying everywhere. In times when you feel overwhelmed, look
for the cleanest room in the house. Just linger there for a while, just
breathing in the aura of the quiet, arranged surroundings. This promises to
lift your spirits, and boost your sense of confidence. If you can keep a tidy room
despite the stress, you can absolutely take on parenting. No wonder childbirth
classes are that important.

4.   Plan your night episodes

It takes most women about
six months after baby delivery to fully recharge their energy levels. One way
to make this process less stressful is creating a feeding schedule for your munchkin, especially at
night. Keep a few snacks and some water within range. Get baby’s bed closer to
yours if needed. Set up a temporary reading table if the baby has a separate
room. Organize yourself such that you would be able to give your child full
attention while breastfeeding without feeling too fatigued.

Most importantly, give
yourself time and eat right. Encourage yourself and enjoy the process. It might
be hard at first, but it will even out eventually. You got this!

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