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5 Postpartum Tips Every New Mom Should Know

By Jenny Hart


Having a baby is a beautiful, miraculous experience. While you’re getting your home ready for your new bundle of joy, make sure you are also preparing for your own recovery. Consider these postpartum recovery tips to help ensure your after-birth experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

1. Have plenty of maternity pads and underwear on hand
From the moment you stand up in the hospital, you’ll want to have postpartum pads and maternity underwear at the ready. For the first few weeks after giving birth, new moms experience heavy bleeding called lochia. It’s completely normal and can be managed with the right products.

2. Use witch hazel to soothe and heal
Witch hazel is a new mom’s best friend for soothing pain, promoting healing and preventing hemorrhoids for the first few weeks. Many new moms like to soak a few pads in this magic solution for extended relief, or freeze them as home-made ice packs.

3. Care for your breasts
In addition to your lower half, your breasts will likely be sore and irritated as you learn how to breastfeed. Nursing can be difficult to get the hang of, especially as a new mom. However, if you are prepared with a good nipple cream, ice packs or a warm compress, and breast pads or nursing garments, you’ll be able to treat any soreness or irritation you feel while you learn your rhythm with baby. Once you both get the hang of it, these symptoms will resolve naturally.

4. Eat healthy
It’s important to build a balanced life during this time, which includes fueling your body with healthy food and exercise. Postpartum recovery goes much smoother when you eat plenty of complex carbohydrates and protein, as well as fiber. Fruits, vegetables and protein all help provide the extra energy your body needs to heal, and fiber and whole grains help prevent hemorrhoids and constipation.

5. Communicate with your doctor
Don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you have during your recovery period. Clear communication can help your doctor assess how well you’re healing and help them provide the right tips for your specific recovery. Stay in touch with your OB/GYN as well to keep an eye on your mental health as well, and to get tips on any adjustments you may be struggling with as a new mom.

Your postpartum recovery should be a top priority, right next to caring for your new baby. Don’t be afraid to voice your needs and splurge on the good stuff. You deserve it, after all.

Jenny Hart is a health and wellness writer with a passion for travel, cycling and books. Her focus is topics related to feminine health. When she isn't writing or travelling, she's traversing NYC with her two dogs Poochie and Ramone.

 

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