A woman must maintain clean habits and look after herself after delivery. The body takes 6-8 weeks to get back to normal. Whatever she eats indirectly goes to the baby, even her thoughts and ideas.
- Regular washing with neem waters i.e. margosa leaves boiled in water is a good practice. Use neem water to douche your vaginal parts, as margosa is an excellent antiseptic. It also helps heal any wounds caused during delivery.
- Use diluted Dettol or Savlon.
- The breasts must be kept clean. If nipples are dry and cracked, apply warm castor oil. This is harmless and gives lots of comfort in case of sore nipples. Just wipe off before feeding an infant.
- Never breast-feed lying down. Milk might go the wrong way into the baby’s windpipe. Always sit up with proper support, where the baby and mother are both comfortable.
- Sometimes milk accumulates in the breast causing swelling, pain, wild fever and discomfort. Smear a little castor oil on a betel leaf and warm it. Apply the warm leaves on the breast to get comfort from pain and swelling in breast.
- MassageWarm ½ cup sesame oil with 1 teaspoon ajwain added to it. You may use mustard oil also. Massage the whole body. This tones up body muscles, relaxes the nervous system and eases aches and pain.
- The massage should be followed by a hot water bath for complete relaxation.
- A mixture of Vitamin E oil, almond oil and coconut oil is also very good as it helps to rid of pigmentation and stretch marks.
- To gain back your firm abdomen, tile a saree or any long thin material around the stomach, waist and hips. It works like a corset.
- In the evening, massage with brandy on back and legs. This helps tone up back muscles, eases back pain and improves blood circulation.
- Always tie a scarf on the head as the mother feels weak and may end up with earache or headache.
You may go through mood swings. All of sudden you feel empty. You must look after yourself well otherwise you may go into depression. The right food and loving care from the family can helps you get back to normal.