Women

Like babies, moms also need care and support after birth. Postpartum starts immediately after delivering the baby. The period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically. It may last about 6-8 weeks or till the mother’s body returns to the pre-pregnant state. Moms not only learn to take care of the babies but also themselves, to rebuild strength. They might ask for help to get through this. And the help after birth includes professional help, friends and family.

Guides

Description: Mommy needs to rest

Mommy needs to rest

1.    Make moms feel comfortable. Mothers may feel pain in the chest, stomach, and nausea, especially if she has caesarean. Put pillows and snacks which are good for her health, water and the baby’s crib next to her bed.

Description: Make moms feel comfortable.

Make moms feel comfortable.

2.    Create peaceful atmosphere. Take responsibility for the house like cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, ironing and buying stuff. Take care of the baby and the other child (if you have) so that she can sleep. Use bottle feeding instead of breastfeeding so that mothers can rest.

3.    Cook nutritious meals to help moms physically recover, foods like fresh fruits, vegetable, water and milk. Encourage them to eat when they are hungry and should not skip meals.

4.    Help her facing emotion break down. Some of them may get “baby blues” (crying and depressing) or “postpartum blues” (feeling depressed after birth), been through being sad, miserable, unhappy and gloomy. Let her cry and talk about her feeling while you ease her and tell her everything you have been through is normal.

5.    Encourage her to walk and practice exercises follow the doctor’s instruction. Those exercises can help them to relax and get in shape. Mothers shouldn’t start to go on a diet too fast.

Description: Encourage her to walk and practice exercises follow the doctor’s instruction.

Encourage her to walk and practice exercises follow the doctor’s instruction.

6.    Go with her to meet the doctor or take care of the baby while they’re out. They might have to visit the doctor in 2-6 weeks after birth and it’s hard to handle a newborn during the appointment.

7.    Visitors: Mothers might be exhausted if visitors come too often. You can take the call or messages.

Advice and warnings

·         If you are helping a mother with syndrome “baby blues” or “postpartum” over 2 - 3 weeks or mothers who have history of depression, call the doctor or look for professional help.

·         Help them to dress if they need to.

·         Require the older children to help the daily chores.

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