- What is postnatal care?
- Here are our top 4 after-delivery care tips for new mothers:
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During pregnancy, we take such good care of the little body growing inside us. We also try and take good care of ourselves. From food and nutrition point-of-view we try and ensure the best of everything goes inside our body system. Most expecting mothers are either glowing or look dull across trimesters, credit goes to the crazy pregnancy hormones. But, what happens soon after (once the baby has been delivered) is not a puzzle. PNC, also known as postnatal care as a phrase doesn’t quite exist in the dictionary or the ecosystem of Asian (especially Indian) mothers. You won’t be surprised if you hear someone from India ask you, “What is postnatal care for new moms?”
Mother care after delivery is an ignored trend. All the focus and attention is on the new born. While, the intensity of care after normal delivery may vary in degree, that said, caring for a mom who has had a C-sec often requires more precautions.
However, recovering from birth (whether a normal or a cesarean delivery) is equally important. This primarily means a lot of rest and recuperation. Skin care is a part of the postpartum regime and so is your physical well-being.
What is postnatal care?
Postnatal care (aka PNC) is the care given to the mother and her newborn baby immediately after the birth and for the first six weeks of life.
So, all you new mommies out there, we suggest you block at least 30 to 45 minutes every day from your busy schedule to look after your skin and take special care of your body.
Here are our top 4 after-delivery care tips for new mothers:
1. Anti-stretch mark cream
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Stretch Marks Cream: Paraben-free, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream is for those mamas who are stressed about the appearance of stretch marks. Of course, there is no way you can get rid of them completely (and why should you?) But, it can definitely get lighter with a special blend of pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and a powerful combination of other amazing ingredients such as Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil. I love this cream not cause I wanted to say goodbye to my stretch marks but cause for me it has helped improve elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin during and post-pregnancy.
2. Massage oil
Kama Ayurveda Dhanwantaram Thailam Pre-Post Natal Treatment Oil: We are all aware of the benefits of a good post-partum massage. It is extremely therapeutic for new mothers. That’s why our top recommendation is this amazing massage oil. It is known to improve skin texture, elasticity and reduces stretch marks as well. This treatment rejuvenates the body over all. Made with some of the finest ingredients such as sesame oil, gooseberry (amla), Vetiver, Bala and Indian Madder, this product is 100% natural and that’s what I love about Kama Ayurveda! Priced at Rs. 875 (INR), the product is available at your nearest Kama Ayurveda store in town.
Click here to learn more about a good massage oil for new born baby!
3. Nursing bra
Morph Nursing Bras: A good feeding or nursing bra is something you can’t ignore during the post-partum days. It’s best if you could shop for a few good quality nursing bras at the time of pregnancy. The reason why you must own this is because the first few days can be extremely difficult. Nipples often get sore and cracked. Unlike a regular bra, a feeding bra not just takes care of the nipples but also makes sure to support the breasts. Our recommendation is that you must make sure to buy one made of an anti-microbial fabric. You can also conveniently use breast pads with a nursing bra to prevent leaking problems while stepping out.
4. Nipple softner
NipCare Ointment: Breastfeeding mothers experience sore nipples during the initial few days leading upto a few weeks. So, ease the discomfort of cracked and sore nipples with nip care, an ointment which is the most tried, tested and trusted cream by most moms. The formula has been specially created to keep nursing moms comfortable so that they can continue feeding their little ones without feeling achy or sore. Convenient for everyday use, and handy too, it’s great for keeping the tube in a pocket or diaper bag for use whenever you need relief on-the-go. Available at most reputed pharmacies!
Take care and rest well, mamas!
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