Happy Wednesday, or as we like to call it, Bump Day! Every Wednesday, we will be sharing news or helpful information for new mothers. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy postpartum:
- Get lots of rest the first few weeks after giving birth. This new time is filled with excitement, joy and- inevitably- exhaustion. Take this time to spend time with your new little one. Try taking naps whenever your baby does and ask for help with household chores you usually do yourself.
- Don’t worry about rushing back into your exercise routine. Your body needs about 4-6 weeks to heal after giving birth, and sometimes longer after a cesarean section. Walk around your neighborhood to start slowly transitioning back into your normal routine, walking a bit further each day. After 6 weeks, you should be ready to exercise between 20-30 minutes each day, 3-5 days a week.
- Eat lean meats for protein, whole grains, and raw vegetables to boost your energy. If you are breast feeding, your body needs an additional 500 calories a day, but you could be burning up to 300-500 calories a day just from breastfeeding. Avoid sugary, empty calorie foods, and instead opt for fiber-rich, nutritious foods to provide your body with the boost it needs to heal quicker.
- Take (or eat) your vitamins. You lose a lot of Vitamin A and C through breastfeeding: to replenish, eat more dark, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, citrus fruits, and sweet potatoes. You get much of your Vitamin D from the sun, but you may be spending more time indoors after giving birth. Try eating foods like eggs, mushrooms and drink milk. Vitamin E can help you maintain healthy circulation, and can even help keep your hormones balanced. Include more foods like seeds, nuts, and avocados.
- Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol. What you eat makes its way into your milk, so this is especially important if you choose to breastfeed. Drinking plenty of water is key to keeping you hydrated and regulated!
- Use a gentle skin soothing cream, like MD Moms’ Delicate Skin Comfort Silky Liquid Baby Powder, to help soothe skin irritation, such as redness and rashes between the thighs, under the breasts, and between the skin folds. MD Moms’ marine silk complex, shea butter, licorice extract, aloe and cornstarch keep skin soft, soothed, refresh, and free of irritation caused by chafing.