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How To Care After Pregnancy

Feb 25, 2008
The care given after pregnancy is very important for any new mother. Women are usually advised to stay at home to let their body heal by itself. At home you will have your family and close relatives to take care of your needs. You are advised to stay at home for at least a period of six weeks after child birth. You should give this time to your body to recuperate and bounce back. Working mothers find it difficult to spare this time. So, it is necessary for them to plan their maternal leave keeping this time frame in mind.

Why is care given?

After pregnancy care is given to new mothers to:
Detect any kind of infection or hemorrhage
Reduce chances of baby infections or disorders
Give a better understanding about nutrition, child care, breastfeeding and other necessary guidelines related to care for self and the baby
Counsel on family planning

Care is also rendered to the umbilical cord. Your baby, when it was in the womb received its nourishment through the umbilical cord. This cord after delivery turns into a purplish blue stub. The stub which is about half or one inch in length takes close to 28 weeks to dry and fall off. It is necessary to prevent infection to this stub. The area should always be kept dry and clean. Only sponge bath is given during such time. The stub when it dries will fall off on its own and the place will heal automatically. Do consult your doctor if you suspect any bleeding or pus formation in that area. This could be due to an infection.


Some women after child birth undergo depression. This depressed state makes the women sad and moody. They like to be left alone and find the company of people a nuisance. Some women have a combination of depression, anxiety and a sense of panic. They consider themselves a burden to the family and neglect their work. They show no interest in anything and this can even adversely affect the care for the baby.

Another common post pregnancy symptom is baby blues. This sign can be seen as early as 45 days after delivery. These women are irritable and impatient, restless, suffer from insomnia, fatigue, feel low, sad, cry for no reason and have poor concentration on anything around them. Baby blues is said to last for few hours every day and may last from any time between 10 days to several months. If it prolongs for too long, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
New mothers can alleviate such symptoms by

Talking to the people around
Listening to music
Doing activities that they enjoy
Never sitting alone
Trying to think positively at all times
Keeping a smiling face

Care given to women after pregnancy will ensure a healthy mother as well as a healthy baby. There will be lot of cheer and happiness in the family. Never delay if you suspect a symptom. Attend to the problem before it aggravates. Keep your mind free from negative thoughts and you will see life in a beautiful way.
About the Author
Strange but true, some women need extra attention after pregnancy. In general, care given after pregnancy is important for the good health of the mother and the child. But sometimes women undergo depression or baby blues. Such women need to be treated with tender love and care.
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