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The Postnatal Phase

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Labour and delivery is a very exhausting process but all the tiredness and pain fade away once you hold your little one in your arms. It is the best feeling in the world.

Though that truly is one precious feeling but as a society what we actually only care about is the physical health of the mother and baby (which is no doubt tops the list) but there are other things that new parents should take into consideration that are bound to happen as well as family members and caregivers of the mother and child needs to understand;

Childbirth is usually related to joy and happiness and a colorful picture of a happy family comes to our mind when we think of a newborn, but sometimes the picture is different because the transition of the new mother from pregnancy to motherhood brings extensive changes in her life.

Breastfeeding and Latching: Initially latching on and breastfeeding can cause immense problems in new mothers; reasons can be from inverted nipples to premature baby to sore nipples,, etc. or also wrong positions. Feeding the baby every 2-3 hours is a very tedious process and if not proper chair or feeding position is attained can lead to backaches and mental irritability. The mental health of the mother and breastfeeding are closely related and intertwined. In fact, there are 3 to 4 percent more chances of depression in mothers with breastfeeding problems.

The distance in intimacy among new parents

Pregnancy may make the male partner feel that acts of intimacy or to be clear sex may harm the baby or the mother and thus avoid intimacy and sex overall.

Delivery also brings a lot of aloofness among the couples majorly after delivery (6-8 weeks) when everyone is focusing on taking care of the baby, the new schedule of eating and sleeping gets in. In most cases, in our Indian societies, we have our mothers and mother inlaws taking care of the jaccha and the baccha, somewhere the husband and wife’s relation become distant.

Recovering from delivery: Both Vaginal delivery and c-section come with pain. Vaginal delivery can take hours to get through but is comparatively less critical in recovering when compared to c-section. Similarly, a c-section is a surgical procedure and takes less time than normal delivery but recovery takes more time. In both cases, the mother is going through a lot both mentally and physically. Having a good, nutritious diet is very important (we all are aware of this) and what is equally important is talking (and helping) to the new mother about her health and well-being. The delivery is an exhausting process and the body has been stretched and stressed to its maximum, this fatigue is making her feel not like herself and this is a point that she needs to feel good about herself.

Postpartum Depression and Baby blues: Baby blues occur in the first few days after delivery and can vanish by the end of 2 weeks but postpartum depression is a longer unhealthy mental situation that can be more strenuous if not dealt with timely interventions. Postpartum depression is highly damaging for the mother and the baby.

Some fathers also face post-delivery fatigue and may feel sad and may be overwhelmed by the experience, this can lead to anxiety, or have changes in their usual eating and sleeping patterns. Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness and it doesn’t mean that you do not love your baby. Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth and letting your mind and body go through so much change

This is a time when everything is changing in the relationship of the two, who were lovers and used to spend a lot of quality time together and even after the 6-8 weeks post-delivery, it becomes difficult to sit on your couch holding hands

How Being Sentient will help you

  1. Providing one on one consultation regarding any sort of queries.
  2. Connecting you with a postnatal yoga and meditation expert (diet plans as well, if needed)
  3. Helping you in building affirmations and positive parenting journey.
  4. Helps you in preparing you and your home for the little one.

To know more, contact us.

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