Importance Of Postnatal Care For A Mother June 9th, 2020
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
How true is this!
Still, postnatal care focuses more on the needs of newborns than the mothers. Comprehensive support is rarely extended to mothers unless there are some major complications. Postnatal care is a crucial phase for both babies and mothers. This means that mothers need as much care as babies.
Why Mothers Need Postnatal Care?
When a mother conceives the baby, her life takes turn for a new normal. Her body goes through several physical changes during pregnancy and after the childbirth. Her body is fragile from giving birth and medical complications if any. She needs to build strength and take adequate rest and sleep so that she can recoup energy to take care of her baby.
Did you know that 13% of mothers experience depression after delivery? Also known as ‘baby blues’, postpartum depression refers to mood swings and feelings of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, restlessness, etc. It can last from a few weeks to a few months and can interfere with the mother’s ability and willingness to care for her baby. A new mother’s mental health is very important because a happy mother can raise a happy baby and also form a strong bonding with her little one.
From breastfeeding and diaper-changing to sleep deprivation and lack of ‘me-time’, first-time mothers suddenly find themselves in the unchartered territory after giving birth. She needs someone to counsel on every major or trivial thing related to baby care and even share newborn parenting responsibilities.
How to Take Postnatal Care of Mothers?
- Be There for Her at Every Step
Make her feel happy, comfortable and secure, letting her know that she can depend on you as a partner or family for anything, anytime. Watch out for signs of postpartum depression and don’t hesitate to seek professional counselling if the need may be.
- Nurture Her Like a Baby
Take care of every little need of the mother the way you would for the newborn. Make sure she eats nutritious meals at regular times, gets good rest and sleep, and takes medicines on time as advised.
- Relieve Her of Responsibilities
You could request elders or relatives of the family to help you with postnatal care and household chores. If you are staying in a nuclear family, you can work from home for a few weeks and divide responsibilities with your spouse/partner at home. You can also consider hiring a maid or a full-time caretaker if your finances permit. In a nutshell, let someone else attend household tasks and baby needs such as diapering and bathing so that the mother can concentrate on feeding the baby and self-care.
- Take Her for Postpartum Checkups
When you take the newborn for routine medical check-up, don’t forget to get the mother examined too and address her concerns to the doctor. Good postnatal care also sets the pace for good health and mental well-being for the rest of her life for a mother, and her family.