Mommies-to-be need to be mindful of many things, from pre-conception phase to post-partum. Here are some useful tips/measures from Simba Toys to help you remain safe through it all.
Pre – Natal Care:
For couples thinking of starting a family, pre-natal care for the mother starts at least 3-6 months in advance. This includes focus on right nutrition viz., fresh fruits, lots of veggies especially green ones to maximize on iron, nuts and seeds for antioxidants, grains & pulses for protein and also foods with good fats such as fish, mixed nuts, avocados and opt for olive oil and plant based dairy products for a wholesome meal. Avoid all kinds of foods with laden with preservatives, artificial flavourings, sweeteners, colorants, salts that are detrimental to overall health. Also quit smoking, drugs, alcohol as these could make your child susceptible to addictions and also trigger toxic gene mutations. Use natural items for skincare i.e. fresh aloe gel, rose water, sandalwood packs, homemade fruit scrubs and essential oils as perfumes as these are gentle on the skin v/s alcohol based fragrances and body care products with parabens, SLES and chemicals that affect the vital organs once absorbed through the skin. For those into hair color, use ammonia free based colorants and opt for natural agents like henna. Exercise regularly for optimum stamina, a strong immune system, normal B.P among other health vitals.
Follow the same diet and nutrition habits as your conception phase and increase your fluid intake i.e fruit juices, coconut water, vegan smoothies and yogurts to stay hydrated. Staying moderately active is recommended during pregnancy, so enjoy walks amidst nature, by the beach, in lush environs of parks and gardens, slow dancing and stay away from traffic prone zones with dust and pollution that could expose you to germs and bacteria. Meditating and deep breathing exercises along with light yoga postures and stretches are a great way to remain fit and calm all through your pregnancy. Reduce waxing as your skin is already prone to sensitivity, itchiness and redness; bikini waxing in particular is discouraged to keep the vagina protected. Avoid using harsh hair removal creams or laser treatments as skin is the most vital means for bacteria to enter your system via allergies and infections. Take a digital break and reduce time spent watching TV, surfing your phone or other gadgets as these emit harmful UV and electromagnetic waves which are detrimental for the child in the womb. Opt for natural means of entertainment that protect your senses of sight and you could instead listen to music as scientifically it’s soothing for the senses. Regularly visit your doctor to keep track of your baby’s weight, growth, heart rate, position in the womb and changes affecting you all through.
Postnatal/ Postpartum Care:
This 3rd and final stage is the most important one as you’re now caring for your child and yourself. Align your sleeping/waking schedule with your child’s as it could help you gain maximum rest. Ensure your child is sleeping next to you in bed or if you’re using a crib or nest, place it as close as possible to make nursing easier. Keep essentials like diapers, clothing (child’s and your own), medicines, water, napkins, pacifier’s close by as you would need them often through day & night. Keep these handy in a makeshift nursery bag or drawer in case you’re shifting rooms through the day. For mommies who are expressing milk using breast pumps, take support from family & friends to help you look after your child and feed him using bottles while you rest. Also keep a check on breast health i.e. cracked/sore/inverted nipples that may hinder breastfeeding. Follow the same diet plan however, avoid meat completely as these are complex for the body to digest and may lead to unhealthy weight gain. Monitor your child’s temperature, weight, growth, potty patterns and also check skin texture & eye color to ensure everything’s normal. For skincare for both baby & mommy, oil massages are recommended for skin elasticity, firmness and radiance. Mothers can also use corset belts or use large cloths as belly wraps for gradually tucking the stomach in. For mothers who’ve had a normal/natural delivery, avoid tight clothing and regularly check with your gynecologist for vaginal skin tears, rashes or blood clots. Bleeding after delivery is normal but if you’re experiencing heavy blood loss, consult your doctor immediately. Also check for symptoms of incontinence i.e. frequent urge to pee or weak pelvic muscles that lead to bed-wetting. Kegel exercises post delivery are recommended and even yoga can help strengthen muscles and get back the toned look; start slowly at least 6 months after delivery. Although, most research has found that mothers actively involved in taking care of the child, lose the extra inches & weight naturally within 3 months. Seek help in case of postpartum depression or fear of not being a good mother or having difficulty in coping with responsibility.
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