The first few months in your postpartum period can bring exhaustion and stress that may lead to illness. The last thing that you need in your early days of motherhood/parenthood is to feel worse than you need to. Whether it's catching a common cold that's going around or trying to get used to your new diet routine now that you're caring full time for a newborn, there are certain things you can do to boost your immunity while in the postpartum period. Read ahead for 10 tips to boost your immunity to ensure you're at your best while caring for your sweet, new bundle of joy.
10 Continue Taking Pre-Natal Vitamins
Pre-natal vitamins are a specifically formulation multi-vitamin to help with fetal growth along with ensuring the mother is getting enough nutrients. Often pact with Folic Acid, which is a vital mineral to receive while pregnant, some women stop taking this specific kind of vitamin when their child has arrived.
Though other over the counter multi vitamins come packed with benefit, new mothers should actually continue to take their pre-natals, especially if they choose to breastfeed. This could play an incredible part in providing a healthy immunity for your postpartum experience.
9 Drink A Lot Of Water
Water is a great way to flush your body of any toxins and potential sickness. If you have chosen to breastfeed, you will need to hydrate yourself so much. In order to provide enough milk for your child, your body needs to be constantly receiving enough water to produce.
Lactation is no easy feat, and whether you are breastfeeding or not, in order to keep your immunity high in your first few days and months of motherhood, you'll want to ensure you're drinking plenty of water.
Walking is a great way to get outside to breathe fresh air. Walking not only will allow your blood flow to circulate, considering the amount of rest you will be doing in the early days of parenthood, but walking will also allow you to feel a bit "normal" after giving birth or receiving your new child. Though this exercise may seem light, it's vital. Walking is a great way to get your immunity high in your postpartum days.
7 Get Fresh Air
In the first few days, weeks and even months, it's often that a new parent becomes a bit isolated. Between the (very normal) anxieties that parenthood brings to the sheer exhaustion it can take to simply leave the home with a child, it can bring your immunity down if you stay in doors too much.
Rather than breathing in the air of the confines of your own home, it's important to get fresh air for at least 30 minutes a day; child in tow or not.
In contrast to getting up and moving, it's imperative that you rest very well in the first few days of parenthood. Whether you've had a traumatic delivery or a very natural one with little to no tearing, resting is a very important way to heal your body as best it can. If you decide not to listen to your body or ignore your medical professional's advice, you risk getting sick and/or hurting yourself. So, in order to keep your immunity high, we recommend you rest very well for the first few days and/or weeks of parenthood.
5 Ask For Help
It can be difficult to know how to ask for help when you become a parent. Not have you done your best to emotionally prepare for such a large responsibility, but it can be difficult to know when your issues and concerns are valid enough to bring a third-party in.
Rest assured: there's no shame in asking for help when you need it, especially during your postpartum period. In fact, it can lead to a lower immunity if you take on too much stress.
4 Eat Whole Foods
Whole foods are a great way to boost your energy and boost your mood. Not only are they the easiest meals to prepare, but they can fill your body with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs during your postpartum journey.
During your postpartum experience, you will likely bleed (whether you delivered vaginally or through cesarean) for roughly 6 weeks. It's important to keep your iron intake high. Consuming dark, leafy greens is a great way to get the nutrients you need to keep your immunity and energy levels high.
3 Consume Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are a great way to keep your mind sharp. Healthy fats like salmon, avocado and almonds are an incredible source of energy. During the postpartum days, you will want to ensure you're consuming enough healthy fats to keep your immunity high.
The last thing you'll need during this time is an illness or low energy. So keep these healthy fats close by for when you need an extra boost.
2 Snack Continuously
Considering how important it is to receive enough minerals and nutrients in the first few days and months of parenthood, we can't forget how difficult it can be to prepare a meal. Between feedings, naps and comforting the new child, it can be incredibly difficult for the new parent to simply sit down and enjoy a meal. With this in mind, if you are not eating enough during your day you will lower your immunity system. So, if you snack continuously through out your day, you are ensuring that you will always be full and stocked of enough healthy fats, vitamins and carbs to keep your immunity high.
1 Shower To Relax
...not just to get clean. Which can be incredibly difficult, we know. But, it's important. As mentioned above, stress can lead to physical illness both big and small. It's important to spend some solo time; even if it's alone time in the shower to unwind and relax (without the screams of a new born baby). Nothing feels better than a hot shower to ensure you will be the happiest and healthiest new mother/parent there was.