After the child is born, the postnatal stage begins. Since the birth process can be very much stressing both physically and emotionally, it is important that one has an environment that helps cope up with the emotional and physical discomforts that result from child birth. For a healthy postnatal life, a number of things should be put into consideration.
One of the most important issues in postnatal care for the mother is feeding. You should ensure that you have a healthy and balanced diet. This will ensure quick recovery from the stresses of pregnancy and child birth. It will also provide you with the energy that you very much require for taking care of the bay. Even though you may be tempted to diet for a better shape, it is advisable to eat well and more calories for you need much more energy for the demanding task of caring for your baby. If you have decided to breastfeed your baby (which is highly recommended for the health of the child and also for better bonding between you and the baby), then you will require even more calories. You may find your appetite increasing and that is normal for breastfeeding, which is highly demanding on the body.
Postnatal Exercise is advisable as it helps to relax the body from the stress after delivery. Of particular importance is pelvic floor muscle exercise which helps one regain complete control of the bladder. It is also important to have adequate rest when the baby sleeps as it can be exhausting tending to the child especially one who is restless at night. The postnatal hormonal changes may lead to emotional situation with low feelings (baby blues). However, proper feeding and good rest will help in making these more bearable and manageable.
Support is also advised for the mother after birth. An understanding partner and/or family will help one cope with the discomforts that the mother may experience.