Your health is just as important the months following the birth of your baby as it is while you are pregnant. A healthy and successful postpartum recovery is important for you, your new baby and your family.
If you feel well, you'll not only be able to take better care of your baby, but you'll also enjoy this very special time with your newborn. Caring for your physical and emotional needs is equally important. It's easy to get caught up in planning for everything the baby will need, but don't forget to plan for yourself, too.
We've provided some guidance to help keep you on track:
Healthy Postpartum Snacks
Stock up on nutrient-rich foods packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. While this is not the time to think about dieting, the best low-calorie options include fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. Buy single serving ready to eat foods such as:
- Cheese sticks
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Pita chips and hummus
- Whole grain crackers with peanut butter
- Yogurt cups
Before your baby is born purchase a few standby items you will need as soon as you return home from the hospital:
- Breast pads - even if you're not breastfeeding
- Sanitary pads
- Stool softeners
- Tucks pads - for perineal care and discomfort
Twelve Steps to a Healthy Postpartum
- Learn what you should expect from yourself both physically and emotionally. Know what is normal and what is not.
- Select your pediatrician before you give birth.
- Find someone to "mother" you in the first few weeks.
- If someone offers to help, let them.
- Limit visitors.
- Rest before you begin to feel tired.
- Claim this precious time for your family because you'll never get it back. Other people and responsibilities will have to wait.
- Don't plan a move.
- Make friends with other parents - they're great resources for information, advice and moral support.
- If you will be returning to work, select your baby's daycare provider before you give birth.
- Affirm yourself for all you are doing: recovering physically, adapting emotionally, meeting your baby's needs, and inviting your baby to get to know and fall in love with you.
- Babies and parenting often are unpredictable. Go easy on yourself and know that planning ahead doesn't always work out the way you think it will.
Postpartum Questions or Concerns?
When you go home from the hospital, we will provide a complete list of instructions and care tips based on your doctor's instructions. Our nursing staff will call you a few days after you are home to see how you are doing. Please call your doctor's office if you have any questions relating to your recovery.