After giving birth to a baby, the new mother always suffers from hormonal imbalance. After pregnancy, your body has to adjust to not having the fetus inside. This hormonal imbalance is part of the pregnancy process; it is how our bodies were made. There is no way to avoid it, and often times, the situation is compounded by sleepless nights because the baby keeps on crying and emotional adjustments to caring for a child.
You know how this affects the new mom? The new mom gets even more tired physically, loses weight, gets blotchy skin, stringy hair and has extreme mood swings.
Here are a few tips to help out the new mom:
Find a good support system
It is advisable for new moms to have a strong support system after giving birth. It can be your own mother or mother-in-law, or a family or friend who knows how to care for a baby. This way, the new mom can sleep, and can devote time to herself for her emotional and physical well-being.
Take care of yourself physically
You would know best if your body is ready to take on physical tasks, especially if you had cesarean delivery. Do not push your body when it is not ready.Start with simple and few exercises, and build up eventually. Exercise will not only prepare you physically for the battle of motherhood, but it will give you endorphins, the happy hormones.
Eat foods that will combat hormonal imbalance
There are foods that are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals that fight hormonal imbalance. These include maca root, avocado, wild-catch salmon, organic broccoli, spinach, kale, walnuts and almonds, pasture-raised egg yolks and coconut oil. These foods are full of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B, C, E, K, Fiber, Protein and Omega-3 Fatty Acids which will result to more beautiful skin, healthier hair and most especially, lesser mood swings.
Your eating habits will also change because of the shift from eating-for-two to eating-for-one. Also, if you are breastfeeding, which is highly recommended, you have to be more vigilant. When breastfeeding, what you eat, the baby will also eat.
Here are some tips to get the best foods for you and your baby:
Eat foods are good for you
You should have a balanced diet with protein, vegetables and whole grains. Load up on meat, fish, eggs, beans, pasta, cereal, oatmeal and breads. Eat green leafy vegetables as it helps in the production of breastmilk. If you are not breastfeeding, a balanced diet is still recommended so your body can easily recover and persevere through sleepless nights.
Buy top quality foods
Get only food that is safe and if possible, natural and organic. This means it hasn’t been fertilized with chemicals that may cause some diseases. Check the meat that you buy that it is fresh and not stale. If you have any doubt about the quality of the food, do not risk it. It may cause food poisoning or allergies which can be dangerous to you and to the baby if you are also breastfeeding.
Preserve foods the safest way possible
Left-over foods are okay and can be preserved for another day. The best way is to vacuum-seal the food before freezing it. Vacuum-sealing will ensure the safety and freshness of your food, and will avoid freezer burn. When you are ready to eat it, just microwave. When your baby gets older, you can also make your own baby food from carrots, potatoes and other vegetables, and preserve this using the food saver.
Having a cute baby is fun, but it can take its toll on the new mom as well. Take care of yourself so you can take better care of your baby. Have fun!