Pregnancy and child birth are two distinct events in the life of a woman which make her feel complete. During the entire period of pregnancy distributed across three trimesters, a woman goes through various moods and expectations like physiological, psychological, social etc. Medical needs are also necessary and a proper routine observation and consultation from a gynecologist and obstetrician is quintessential.
In line with these needs of the expectant mother, the underlined fundamental need is to feel the sense of control and empowerment during this journey of childbirth. Hence, the whole family including the pregnant woman should ensure that high quality care is provided to her. Needless to say, these women feel physically and mentally stressed about the delivery and feel urgent desire to have a pleasant and comfortable environment.
Ample Sleep: With this adorable new member in the family, ensure that you sleep sufficiently. A new born sleeps from almost 16 hours a day but there are short breaks during this sleep. For the woman to get sufficient sleep, the best way is to leave any work in hand aside and sleep when the baby is sleeping. Always place the baby on their back for sleep and ensure that the place should not be stuffed with toys etc. which might suffocate the baby. During the night, you can alternate the position of baby’s head so that no flat spot develops on the head.
Hygiene: Whether it is your first experience of motherhood or not, hygiene plays a very important role. Since newborns do not have strong immune system, this will alleviate the risk for infections. Keep a hand sanitizer at a position where anyone coming close to baby can pick it effortlessly.
Breastfeeding: Every mother should breastfeed their children and should take care of following basic steps during feeding.
- Baby may swallow air during the feeds. Hence, you should burp the baby every 5 minutes if your baby tends to be gassy.
- Baby typically needs to be fed every 2 to 3 hours. Make sure to breast feed from both breasts turn by turn giving around 10-15 minutes to each breast.
- If your baby takes longer naps, you may need to wake up the baby to ensure that they are fed sufficiently for proper growth.
Sore nipples and hardening of breasts after the delivery may happen. As the milks comes in, they might feel painful for several days so you should not be worried about it, but make sure to clean the nipples after breast feeding. Bonding, swaddling and Soothing Touch is very significant in making the child get acquainted with the surroundings and feel secured. This physical closeness also strengthens emotional bonding. A gentle massage is also a nice way to give the soothing touch to the baby.
The umbilical cord takes time in falling off and further the navel takes time in healing completely. This process may take around 1 to 4 weeks’ time. During this while, the baby should be cleaned with a sponge bath ensuring that the genital area and joints are given extra attention. Baby’s eyes should be cleaned using a soft muslin cloth or clean cotton ball. Damp the cloth or cotton ball in water and wipe the eye gently from inner corner to the outside. Make sure to use clean piece for every eye. While bathing the baby, keep all items for use ready before hand. This includes a soft, clean towel, a soft brush to stimulate the scalp, clean diaper, unscented baby soap, baby powder, shampoo etc. It is best to make the baby go to sleep after the bath since the child feels tired in the bath and can get a very relaxing nap.
Seeking Help: Once you are on your own after getting discharged from the hospital, it might feel very hectic and overwhelming to be on your own especially with the new member in the family. Seeking help from a professional nurse or friends and family is a great idea.This helps in getting acquainted with handling baby and taking due care of the baby as well as your own health.
Diaper Rashes: A child dirties the diaper around 10 times a day. To change the diaper, lay your baby on the back; always clean the area before placing another diaper. Be careful as a boy might urinate even while you are removing the diaper. Wipe the girl from bottom to front so as to avoid any urinary tract infection.
The Postpartum Checkup: Approximately after six weeks of motherhood for first time moms, you must schedule a visit to your gynecologist so that you are sure of your recovery. This visit might need to be scheduled early in case of C-section delivery.
A right consultation from your gynecologist is one thing which ensures that your happy motherhood experience goes just perfect!!