After giving birth, you have a lot to look forward to, including the ability to once again sleep on your stomach. I know you’ve missed that. But there are also some things to avoid after delivery. Here are 6 things to avoid doing as a new mum.
Motherhood is a beautiful cocktail with a sweet and sour taste. It’s an incredibly exciting journey that can wear you out fast if not properly managed; especially in the early days.
5 things to avoid as a new mum
1. Don’t neglect yourself
Self-care should come tops on your to-do list. You can’t pour from an empty cup. You’ll burn out fast if you focus on caring for your baby while neglecting yourself. Always remember, when a new baby is born, a new mother is also born.
2. Don’t opt for self-medication
If you are in pain or notice any strange discharge, swelling or foul smell, don’t self-medicate. Go see your doctor. The misuse of drugs puts you and your baby at risk.
3. Don’t try to do so much
You lost so much strength, blood energy during pregnancy and delivery. Now it’s time to slow down and heal. Being cautioned not to “overdo it” while there is a newborn in the house can easily be overlooked. Yes, there are a lot of feedings throughout the day, a lot of diaper changes, and little sleep. But it’s necessary to schedule time for relaxation and self-care.
4. Don’t be shy to ask for help
If you push yourself too hard while you’re healing, you might find that your bleeding worsens. It’s crucial to pay attention to your body’s signs to slow down and pay attention to those cues. After giving birth, pushing yourself too hard might result in injuries, muscle aches, and overwhelming or anxious sensations. Don’t be shy to ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak. It makes you human.
5. Don’t pressurize yourself to lose weight immediately
You might want to start working out again in addition to your regular duties. Leave weight loss alone for now and prioritize healing. Early on, taking short walks is usually fine, but before beginning more strenuous exercises, speak with your doctor to obtain the all-clear. If you feel any pain while exercising, you should stop. Take advantage of this opportunity to take as much time as you can (or as much time as your child will allow) to rest instead.
6. Don’t forget birth control
You can become pregnant again as soon as 6 to 8 weeks after having birth, which is a harsh reality. Consult your doctor about your suitable birth control options if you’ll like to prevent immediate pregnancy.