During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes many changes and after delivery it tries to return to its earlier shape. This process only takes about a month or two, and in the case of a normal delivery, you can recover even more quickly (sometimes within few hours, you can start walking).
During pregnancy most expectant mothers go for regular checkups, take medicines, and do exercise, but after giving birth during the postpartum period they become preoccupied with their child and, as a result, tend to have health problems later in life. Many women complain of feeling weak and having frequent backaches. This is why it is very important to take iron and calcium supplements, even up to a month after delivery as the body becomes extremely weak during the birthing process and requires these supplements to get back to the way it was.
The most important thing for a new mother to do is to make sure she is getting adequate sleep. Most of the time, we see that newborn babies have a habit of remaining awake during the night and sleeping during the day. The mother should try to adjust her sleeping hours according to baby.
She should also think about what she is eating particularly when breastfeeding. Her diet should be light, nutritious, and balanced. Proteins like fish, soybeans, paneer, milk, and loads of fruits and vegetables have all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to promote a healthy immune system. Cauliflower, pumpkin, and jackfruit should be avoided, as they tend to cause gastric problems.
In many cases women get a UTI after delivery. It is important to pass urine every four hours by drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day. During this period, problems such as constipation and increased acidity are common; so drink more fluids in the form of soup and juice.
If you had a cesarean delivery then apply an antiseptic lotion on the cut area to keep it clean. In many cases it may develop infection due to an accumulation of dirt. Try to maintain personal hygiene while breastfeeding or otherwise. If you have any lactation problems, then increase the frequency of nursing as this helps in most cases. Though if the problem persists, contact your doctor.