First-Time Mothers Should Follow These 6 Tips For A Faster Recovery

Having a baby is one of the mentally and physically challenging things a woman can do. Whether you’re having your first or fifth child, pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on the mind and body. If you’re an expecting mother, or know someone who is, and are looking for some advice, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of tips and tricks to help any first-time mother know what to expect and how to overcome the postpartum period. Keep these 6 tips in mind and you’re sure to make a safe and speedy recovery after giving birth!

First-Time Mothers Should Follow These 6 Tips For A Faster Recovery
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1. Soreness

After giving birth, it’s expected for the body to be sore and in pain. Post-childbirth, your body is going to be in a lot of pain, from your nipples to your lower abdomen, to your lady bits. It will hurt your lower abdomen as your uterus shrinks to its normal size. Make sure to have a heating pad to soften the blow, as well as an ice pack or cooling pad for the area between your legs. The area surrounding the vagina and anus can be inflamed and in pain post-childbirth, so make sure to cool it down to dull the pain. 

2. Reach out for help

Having a baby can take a toll on your mental as well as physical health. The pros  at say that up to 75% of new moms feel sad or depressed after giving birth. They experience what is called Baby Blues caused by hormonal changes inside the body. It can be a lot to handle for a new mom. 

There’s no shame in reaching out for help during this difficult time to help you deal with the blues. Therapy is encouraged as well as talking to other experienced mothers in your circle. To make a full recovery post-pregnancy, you need to make sure you heal both the mind and body.

3. Healthy diet and vitamins

A huge part of making a swift and healthy recovery post-pregnancy is to make sure you’re feeding yourself well. Once you've given birth, you don’t stop providing for yourself and your baby. You need to make sure you’re eating enough both to produce food for your baby and to heal yourself. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and proteins. Taking prenatal vitamins even after your pregnancy is a good idea to support your body as it heals. 

4. Get enough rest

Apart from a healthy diet, getting enough sleep is essential for new mothers. Carrying and having a baby is exhausting. After giving birth, you need to make sure you catch up on your beauty sleep. Sleep is essential for restoring your body back to full health and for making sure your brain functions properly. Make a deal with your partner and take turns watching the baby, so you can get your much-needed rest. Getting enough sleep with a newborn in the house is tough, but you have to try!

5. Ease back into sex

One aspect postpartum that can be a little tricky to get back into is sex. It can take a while for your body to calm down enough for you to be able to have painless sex again. If your soreness has stopped, take a breather and talk to your doctor before jumping into bed again. Once your doctor has assured you that you’re good to go, you can get back to it, just remember to use lots of lube! If you’re feeling self-conscious about any new stretch marks that have appeared, make sure to use plenty of Retinoid creams with Vitamin A. 

6. Take your time

Last but not least, it’s important to remember that recovery takes time, especially for a new mother. You need to take things slow and not push yourself beyond your limits post-giving birth. Take things one day at a time, pace yourself and take as many breaks as you can. You’ve pushed your body to the limit and it will take some time for it to spring back to normal. Go easy on yourself and be patient, and try to have a support network around you to help you with whatever you need!

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So there you have it! With these 6 tips in mind, you’re ready to have your baby and get back on your feet as soon as possible. To deal with the soreness and tenderness, dull the pain with both heating and cooling pads. Make sure to reach out for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed or you need someone to talk to, don’t suffer alone! 

Support your recovery with a healthy diet, vitamins, and getting enough rest. Take things slow and ease back into sex once you’re feeling up for it and your doctor approves. Last but not least, remember to be patient with yourself throughout recovery and to take things one day at a time.

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