THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS POST DELIVERY
Congratulations on your new baby! Taking care of a newborn can be both rewarding and challenging, but with some helpful tips, you can feel more confident and prepared.
Here are some tips to help mothers for taking care of their newborn baby:
Breastfeed or bottle-feed frequently: Newborns need to eat frequently, about 8-12 times per day. Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feed, make sure to feed your baby frequently to ensure they are getting enough nutrients.
Practice safe sleeping habits: It's important to practice safe sleeping habits for your newborn. Make sure your baby is sleeping on their back, avoid loose bedding or soft objects in the crib, and keep the crib in your room for the first six months to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Learn how to soothe your baby: Newborns can be fussy, and it's important to learn how to soothe them. Try different techniques such as rocking, swaying, singing or using a pacifier.
Keep your baby clean: Newborns don't need to be bathed every day, but make sure to keep their diaper area clean and dry. Use a lukewarm washcloth to clean their face, neck, and diaper area, and make sure to clean their umbilical cord stump with rubbing alcohol until it falls off.
Get enough rest: Newborns can be demanding but it's important to take care of yourself too. Try to rest when your baby is sleeping, and ask for help from family or friends if you need it.
Take care of your mental health: Becoming a new mother can be overwhelming, and it's important to take care of your mental health. Talk to your partner, friends, or a therapist if you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
Remember, taking care of a newborn is a learning experience, and it's okay to make mistakes. With time and practice, you'll become more confident and comfortable in your new role as a mother.
Points to take care if your delivery is done through C-Section
If you have had a cesarean section (C-section), it is important to take extra care of yourself during the postpartum period to allow your body to heal properly.
Here are some things to take care of yourself post-delivery if you had a C-section:
Take care of your incision: It's important to keep the incision area clean and dry to prevent infection. Avoid soaking in a bath or swimming until your doctor approves it. Wear loose clothing that doesn't rub against the incision area.
Rest: Your body needs time to heal after a C-section, so take it easy and avoid lifting anything heavy or strenuous exercise until your doctor gives you the green light. Make sure to rest as much as possible and ask for help from friends or family with household chores and taking care of the baby.
Manage pain: It is normal to experience pain after a C-section. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication that is safe for breastfeeding, so take it as directed. Applying heat or ice to the incision area can also help with pain relief.
Breastfeed: Breastfeeding can help your body recover after a C-section, as it releases hormones that promote healing and reduce bleeding. Positioning the baby in a way that does not put pressure on your incision can help reduce discomfort.
Monitor your incision area: Look for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or discharge from the incision site. Report any concerns to your doctor immediately.
Attend follow-up appointments: It's important to attend all postpartum check-ups with your doctor to ensure that your body is healing properly and there are no complications.
Remember, everyone's recovery after a C-section is different, so it's important to listen to your body and take things slow. Be kind to yourself and ask for help when you need it.
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