You lived a beautiful and healthy pregnancy, a wonderful birth and still feel that you gained many kilos, so the first thing you think is to start the strictest recommendations @saschafitness to the letter and your body still continues to transform.
During pregnancy the woman’s body undergoes a series of transformations and dramatic changes, not only physical but also emotional and psychic. After pregnancy these changes continue, which is why many authors call the fourth trimester to the period after childbirth.
Recovery after childbirth is a very individual process for each woman, it happens depending on how your pregnancy passed and then the type of delivery you experienced (natural delivery or cesarean delivery). Some processes that are experienced during this period are the involution of the uterus (the uterus returns to normal size), vaginal bleeding (discomfort), swelling of the perineum, tenderness in the breasts, diuresis (increased urination) and diaphoresis (night sweats ), among others. Below you will find some suggestions and considerations to take into account in this period.
The first 40 days after the birth of the baby is a very important period for both the mother and the baby, the woman’s body adapts to the new condition (now without baby inside) and the baby adapts to life outside of the uterus, while also establishing the bond and attachment baby-mom. In this period approximately 80% of the women experience symptoms of depression and, in general, at this stage they sleep little. The best thing is to rest in the “free” moments, you will have time later to exercise.
After this period many women feel the need to get moving. If you had a vaginal birth, it is the ideal time to start a gentle exercise routine, you can include yoga, walking and toning exercises. If on the other hand you had a cesarean, you can start with gentle walks and incorporate yoga and toning exercises after the third month after the birth of the baby. (These times are generalities, consult with your doctor before starting any physical activity)
However, food also plays a key role during this process. The World Health Organization suggests exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months, ie the baby should only feed on breast milk, therefore, the feeding of the mother will directly affect the baby’s feeding. Staying hydrated and with a balanced diet will be key to this.
On the other hand, meditating during this period can make a difference, cultivate patience, understanding and accept times and processes. It will make adaptation a less uncomfortable process. Remember, the priority is to stay healthy both physically and mentally and emotionally, to provide the best care for your baby.