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Dr Pooja Kapoor
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You can start walking right after your delivery itself. start with slow walks as you do not want to exert yourself unnecessarily. Within a week itself, your stitches should become much better and you will be able to do more activities. you can do light walking around the house, and do some light activities such as folding clothes, setting cupboards, dusting etc. do not squat for a few days till your stitches have totally healed. do not do sweeping and mopping.
Your hair goes into its best ever possible state during pregnancy due to the high amount of estrogen hormone in your body. the resting phase of the hair increases hence less shedding. once you deliver, the hormone level comes down drastically leading to massive hairfall. the reason why I have described this to you is to tell you that post delivery hairfall is absolutely normal and you do not need to be alarmed. within a few months, your hormone levels will come back to the normal level and hairfall will also come to the level of what it originally was pre pregnancy. Oil your hair at least twice a week. you can use a mixture of coconut, castor and almond oil. eat a protein rich diet consisting of eggs and chicken. in case you are a vegetarian, have more of soybeans, soya chunks and paneer. wash your hair with a mild shampoo and withour rubbing. do not comb your hair immediately after a bath. it is the weakest at that time. avoid styling, hair products, steaming, curling etc. and stay happy. stress is the biggest cause of hair fall.
Maternity belts are useful immediately after delivery when the belly becomes loose. i am not saying they are of no use later but they give the best possible benefits immediately. for reducing belly fat, you need to make a balanced diet and exercise plan keeping in mind that you have to breastfeed and take care of a child too. 1. have lots of water and fluids such as coconut water, lemon water, fresh fruit juices without adding extra sugar. these will keep you hydrated during breastfeeding and also help you fill you up with nutrition. 2. exercise- no matter how much diet control you do, you cannot lose weight without some exercises. start with some light cardio exercises. do some brisk walking. i am assuming that you have completely recovered from your delivery, whether it was a vaginal or cesarean section. you can also do yoga. just ensure you have consulted your own gynecologist too and the exercises are done under supervision. 3. sleep- getting 6-7 hours of sleep is very important to keep stress away as that also makes you gain weight. i know it is difficult to achieve this with a baby but you can try. 4. healthy snacking- all those mid meal hunger pangs that you have which are sometimes satisfied by having chips and candies, kindly avoid that. there are tons of healthy snacking options in the market which you can try. 5. Detox water- soak one cucumber, some ginger, some mint leaves and a lemon in 2 litres of water at night. drink this the next day. it helps. 6. morning drink- start your mornings with a glass of luke warm water, a lemon and some honey. avoid tea. 7. diet- this is self-explanatory. avoid oily, fried stuff. avoid too many sugars carbohydrates. have more of rotis instead of rice.
From your profile, I am presuming you are in your third trimester. in that case, it is normal as the baby is now relatively huge in size which puts extra pressure on your body and genital organs. if this pain is intolerable and doesn't let you sleep at night or if there is any associated bleeding or spotting or if there is any external injury, kindly consult your doctor.
yes it is definitely possible but there are certain factors that you need to keep in mind for this. 1. reason for first c- section. the reason why your first delivery was a c section makes it very important to understand whether this one would be a vaginal or c section. 2. second pregnancy- if your second pregnancy is absolutely complication free, there are decent chances of having a vaginal delivery. 3. physical state- your body's physical status and your own muscle strength will also help in deciding the course of second pregnancy.
you can start light walking and strolling immediately after delivery. within a month or so, your stitches should have healed up completely and you should be fit enought to resumes exercises. kindly do not over stress your body. consult your doctor before you start anything and do all exercises or yoga in a supervised way.
Breast milk is most important for a baby but there is absolutely no shame if your child is on formula feed too. so first of all, please relax. stress hampers breast milk supply. the best way to increase milk supply is to make the baby suck as much as possible. the more the baby sucks, the more of oxytocin hormone is released and milk is produced. secondly try and pump every time you nurse. if you do not have a breast pump, try and do it manually with your hands. kindly consult your doctor also once. there could be a pathological reason why you are not producing breast milk.
From whatever medical knowledge I have and from personal experience, I am not aware of foods that can induce labour. these are home remedies and old wives tales which I cannot comment upon. one thing that helps in labour is having a good strong body and good stamina. so walking daily and doing normal activities around the house such as cooking and cleaning can help you in doing so. exercises such as squats, butterfly exercies can also help you open up your groin muscles. Before you try any of these things or what others suggest, kindly consult your own doctor first.
false pains are basically your body preparing you for delivery. so they will not be very strong, will not be at regular intervals, will not increase in intensity and may or may not be associated with hardening of the uterus. labor in every woman lasts for a different time. it can be as less as 5 hours and can even last for 48 hours. it also depends on whether it is your first child or second.
I am hoping that your child has completed six months of age and has not just started the sixth month. if he has, let me give you a short summary because someone else has already answered the question pretty extensively. keep these things in mind when you start solids 1. follow the three-day rule. give only one food item for three days to watch out for any allergies. once that is done, give the second item. 2. food log- if possible, maintain one so that you can refer back to it someday if needed. 3. make the child sit with you at the dining table. eating your meals together helps in developing a sense of timing in the child. 4. start with unsweetened fruit purees such as apple, banana, pear, cheeku etc. 5. vegetable purees such as sweet potato, potatoes, peas, carrots etc. 6. curd is an excellent probiotic for the child. you can prepare it at home itself. 7. do not give any animal milk until one year of age.if needed, add breast milk or formula milk to the purees. 8. kindly continue giving breast milk along with the solids at least till one or two years of age.
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