Tips for Postpartum Care
There are a lot of issues to deal with when you run into postpartum care in either summer or winter. If you know the key points to succeed in different seasons, you can take good care of your body. The seasonal postpartum care method can effectively help you with a healthy recovery. Want to stay at home or in a postpartum wellness center? Read on below as well.
Postpartum Care in Summer
Take a Simple Shower with Warm Water
You cannot take a shower with cold water 1 week post baby delivery. If you sweat a lot, you can take a shower with warm water. If you had a cesarean section, wipe your body with a wet and warm towel.
1) Adjust the Direction of Fans or Air Conditioner
You will catch a cold if fans or the A/C blow cold air directly towards you. Also, you may be sick if you walk around on the cold hard ground barefooted. You might sweat a lot after delivery, you will feel the cold or moisture when normal people cannot feel, making you easier to catch a cold. Fans and air conditioners can be used to relieve excess sweating and rashes. Avoid direct blow or exposure by the fan-generated wind, but adjust the direction in order to lower the room temperature to your comfort level.
2) Prevent Yourself from Inflammation
Pay more attention during summer as it is easier for inflammations to occur. To help your vaginal wound heal as soon as possible, you can sit down for a shower 2-3 times a day. After that, try to keep yourself dry and refreshing to prevent inflammation. Drying yourself by a hair dryer is a good choice.
3) Don’t Drink Cold Beverages & Ice Water
Your intestines, teeth, and joints can become very weak. Therefore, avoid cold food. You can get complications if you drink ice water or eat ice cream due to hot weather. Do not consume vegetables and fruits right after getting them out from the fridge; warm them until room temperature before consumption. If you feel very thirsty, drink warm wheat tea.
4) Wear Loose Long Sleeves
You have to wear long sleeves at least for 3 weeks. If you sweat a lot, you can wear loose shirts. Wear socks. If you think it’s too hot, take them off. However, be careful not to catch a cold.
Postpartum Care in Winter
1) Beware of Wind
You will usually experience excess sweating due to excess body moisture, therefore easier to catch a cold if you are exposed to cold air that causes reduction of body temperature. If you go out or even when you sleep, keep your wrists, ankles, and neck warm. Don’t go to places that are cold and don’t lean on cold walls. Using adhesive tapes to seal windows is definitely a good idea.
2) Wear Thick Clothes for Lower Body, Especially Socks
In terms of keeping warm, it is recommended to wear more layers of easily-removable thinner clothes, rather than lesser layer of thick clothes. You will have to change your clothes very often while you breastfeed. Your lower body sweats more than your upper body. As a result, wear more on your lower body. Wear your socks even when you’re indoors where the floors are warm.
3) Lie on a Warm Bed Board or the Ground
Blood circulation can be promoted at a lying position where you look up to the ceiling; it can help to heal your discomfort of waist due to childbirth. Lying on a warm bed board is better for weak joints than lying on a spring bed since it can prevent spine deformity, lumbago, and herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD).Put a thick mattress or blanket under your waist; it can help in the speedy excretion of body moisture and eliminate flatulence. However, it should be noted that excess sweating will hinder the recovery.
4) Pay Attention to Temperature and Humidity
The most ideal room temperature for people in general is 18-20 degrees Celsius. However, 22-24 degrees Celsius is best for pregnant women. This will differ by individual. In general, the temperature which allows slight perspiration will be the best. The best in-house level of humidity is 60-70%.
Above are guidelines for postpartum care during particular seasons. It would be up to the pregnant woman to follow them or not for the best of their health.