Taking Care of Yourself Postpartum

Postpartum period begins immediately after the delivery of your baby and ends when your body returns (nearly) to its pre-pregnancy state. This often takes up about 6- 8 weeks. Postpartum is a period for adjustment and healing for you, so and taking the following steps might help you ease into your new role:

  • Get plenty of rest -This may be difficult with the demands of your newborn. You can accomplish this if you:
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps even during the day.
  • Plan at least 30min naps with the help of dad or the nanny.
  • Have you baby’s cot near you for night feedings
  • Get off your feet and relax.
  • Eat healthy meals – Bone broth and porridge should feature prominently postpartum. Ensure that your meals are balanced and are part of the five food groups.  Read more on foods to eat when breastfeeding.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. This will help encourage milk supply
  • Exercise – This should be done in consultation with your doctor. When you get cleared for exercise, aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Ensure that they are not strenuous.  A simple brisk walk outside is enough. Ask your partner, relative or nanny to watch over the baby while you are out.

Emotional Care Postpartum

This is a key area when it comes to wholesome recovery, post-partum. Dealing with the adjustment that comes with motherhood can be challenging for new mothers. Try these steps for a smooth transition:

  • Seek counseling if you have persistent depression that lasts longer than four days. This could be a sign of postpartum depression.
  • Join a support group where you can talk with other mothers
  • Be close to your partner
  • Avoid major changes during this time
  • Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

When Should You Visit Your Doctor?

You should plan a doctor’s visit when you experience the following signs and symptoms

  • You feel dizzy and faint even after you have rested
  • You develop a fever or flu-like symptoms
  • You experience extreme abdominal tenderness, fever or persistent cramping
  • Your stitches become extremely tender
  • You have problems urinating
  • You experience a red inflamed area on your leg that is tender to touch. This could be a sign of a blood clot and may need immediate attention.
  • Your vaginal discharge suddenly becomes bright red and heavy, has an odor and develops large clots. This should be treated as an emergency.

This guide will ensure that you have a stress free restful post-partum period. Relax and enjoy your new status.


Please note that development differs from one child to another. 

Content intended for educational purposes only, and not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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Last reviewed April 2019 

Sources: stanfordchildrens, todaysparent, healthpages, healthyfamiliesbc

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