The postpartum period is a very crucial period for the mother as well as the baby. This is the time when the mother needs utmost care and rest. Most of the new moms are concerned about their as well as their newborns well being. If the mother gets sick during the postpartum period, it also affects the health of the baby. Instead of focusing on the problem and getting scared about it, both the set of parents should focus on solving the problem. Nowadays, most of the parents are staying in a nuclear set-up and there may be instances, that no immediate relatives can come for help. Here are a few ways to boost a Mom’s immunity postpartum.
Steps to boost a Mom’s immunity postpartum
You should never think that after the pregnancy period is over, you should stop taking care of your body. In fact, you should take more care of your body and your mental health along with your baby. If you will not listen to your body and mind, then you will be committing a major mistake. Here are different ways to boost Mom’s immunity postpartum.
- Continue with prenatal vitamins
- Meditation and Yoga
- Drink a lot of water
- Stay away from stress and Negative thoughts
- Take a walk
- An adequate amount of rest is needed
- Ask for help
- Take immune-system boosting foods in your diet
- Snack regularly
- Take a relaxing shower
Continue with prenatal vitamins
The prenatal vitamins that are packed with vitamins and folic acid are not only helpful during pregnancy, but, also provide proper nutrition to the moms postpartum. There are various over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that are available in the market. But, you should make a point to take the prenatal vitamins that are prescribed by your doctor and should continue taking them till the time you plan to breastfeed your baby.
Meditation and Yoga
Whenever you take a lot of stress, your immune system also gets worked up. The immune cells have stress receptors on their outer membrane walls which get triggered when your brain takes a lot of stress. So, the best way to handle stress is to learn to Meditate and perform certain Yoga exercises that relax your mind and body.
Drink a lot of water
Water helps us flush out toxins from our body and helps us manage the change in our hormones. Also, if a mother is choosing to breastfeed a baby, then it is very important that the toxins do not enter the baby’s body via milk and you should also keep yourself hydrated.
Stay away from stress and negative thoughts
During the postpartum days, you have the most important thing on hand to take care of your newborn and not ponder on the negative thoughts. So, the first and the foremost thing to do is stay away from negative thoughts that come by in your mind or are fed to you.
Take a walk
Walking is very important for your body postpartum. It not only provides you with fresh air postpartum, but, also gives your body the much-needed exercise to help improve your immune system, gain self-confidence, and shed some of the excess weight that you gained.
An adequate amount of rest is needed
In today’s nuclear family set-up there are chances that you may not have the much-needed family help. But, it is very important that you take adequate rest during the first few weeks following your delivery. Resting is a very important part of healing your body after delivery. You might have a normal delivery without any incidence or a traumatic one. You will always need rest after postpartum. If you decide not to take a rest, then you may end up falling sick or hurt yourself. You may also start suffering from postpartum depression.
Ask for help
You should never shy away from asking for help. I know it is very difficult for you to ask for help, but, believe it or not, your friends will be more than willing to help you with anything they can do for you. You can ask your friends to do grocery shopping for you, pick-up your laundry, or watch over the kid while you have some me-time.
Take immune-system boosting foods in your diet
Our immune system is our body’s army to fight various diseases and like any other army, you need to keep it fit and fine in order to work properly. For that, you need to eat a lot of immune systems boosting foods. These foods include whole foods, green leafy vegetables, and fruits. These foods are a natural source of the much-needed vitamins and minerals that your body requires.
As said above your body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals during the first few so, weeks of delivery. At that time you may not have time to cook a full meal in between feeding the baby, taking naps, and comforting the baby. So, it is better to keep having a few healthy snacks at various time intervals. This healthy snack may include various nuts, baked chips, and a lot more.
Take a nice shower
A shower does not only help you in cleaning your body but, you also need to have some me time and relax. Taking a hot shower will also help you distress a lot.
So, these are a few ways a Mom can boost her immune system postpartum and have a healthy and happy mind and body. If you know of some other way then do let me know in the comments section.