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It is defined as the mother and baby’s individualized care to meet their needs after the childbirth.
Though this period is uncomplicated, this care addresses the variation from expected recover following the birth.
Generally, for most families, the recovery period ends after 6-8 week. In some cases, the recovery period might be extended according to the complications that the baby and women have developed and they remain vulnerable to any adverse outcome.
This care involves women with low supporting networks, have developed a postnatal infection, or any other medical condition that keeps bothering them. Generally, the attention is given to pregnancy care in the first ninth month, but post neonatal consideration is also equally important. It starts immediately after the baby is born.
A study shows that greater than 60% of global maternal deaths occur during the postnatal period. Postpartum or postnatal hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths all over the world. While there is a higher risk of maternal death during labor, delivery and even within the first few days after the birth, some studies indicate that women are vulnerable up to six months after birth.
The postnatal period is really crucial for newborns too, and approximately three-quarters of neonatal deaths occur within the first.
Therefore, high-quality postnatal care on time is crucial for maximizing maternal and newborn health.
Postnatal care aids in healthy breastfeeding practices, it is also found effective in treating postpartum depression, through this you can continuously monitors the newborn’s growth and overall health status as well, and keeps a check and treats childbirth-related complications. Not just that it also counsel women regarding their family planning.
During this postnatal period, the mother goes through many emotional and physical changes; she learns how to care for her newborn. Postpartum care generally involves getting mothers proper rest, adequate nutrition, and vaginal care.
Getting Enough Rest
Rest is crucial and essential for new mothers as they need to rebuild their strength. To avoid getting tired, you should sleep when the baby sleeps, allow some other person to feed the baby during sleep. In short, new mothers need to have a proper rest to fight all the challenges; postnatal care will treat this issue as well.
Postnatal care ensures proper nutrition in the entire postpartum period as it is crucial because several changes occur in the body after birth. The intake of adequate food can be made sure by your increased weight during pregnancy to make sure you have enough nutrition for breastfeeding. Still, after the delivery, it is essential to continue a healthy diet after delivery.
Many experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers should anything eat when they feel hungry. Please avoid high-fat snacks and focus on having low-fat foods having a complete balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables.
Postnatal care focuses on vaginal care as it is an essential part of their postpartum. You may feel vaginal soreness indicating any tear during delivery, and you will have urination problem, discharge, including a small blood clot. You might feel contracted till the first few days of the delivery.
Schedule a checkup with the best obstetrician in Karachi after about six weeks from the delivery and discuss symptoms and receive proper postnatal care
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