Love your new­born days

Take these sim­ple steps to help your body re­cover quickly from labour, and you’ll en­joy those spe­cial mo­ments all the more

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Sim­ple tips to help your body re­cover quickly from birth

The first few days with your new baby are amaz­ing, filled with lit­tle twin­kles of pure magic as you get to know each other. And it’s a once-in-a-life­time win­dow of time that you’ll al­ways re­mem­ber. There’s just one hic­cup stand­ing in the way of the bliss: your body has been through one of the big­gest events it will ever ex­pe­ri­ence, and you’ll be all sorts of tired. “But there are lots of ways you can help it re­cover quickly in those first few days af­ter giv­ing birth,” says mid­wife Les­ley Gilchrist, “so you can en­joy those pre­cious days with your new­born. Ev­ery­one fo­cuses so much on labour, but it’s also im­por­tant to think about how you’ll feel af­ter your baby ar­rives, and plan for that, just like you’ve planned for your birth.”

We’re guess­ing that you did a great job of car­ing for your body while you were preg­nant, so it’s time to think about how you’ll sup­port it post-birth. Your baby will be pleased you did.

Af­ter labour, your body needs time to re­cover. And that takes en­ergy. And while that job might take se­cond place to look­ing af­ter your brand-new baby, it shouldn’t fall any lower down the list, no mat­ter how much all your friends and fam­ily want to meet your new ar­rival. “The ideal sce­nario is that in the first week you have no vis­i­tors at all,” says Les­ley. “The only peo­ple you want to come around are close friends and fam­ily who will help make food and clean. If you’re try­ing to tidy up so the house is straight, or make cups of tea or con­ver­sa­tion with your vis­i­tors, you’re wast­ing valu­able en­ergy your body wants to use to re­cover.”

Be­fore baby ar­rives tell ev­ery­one you’ll be tak­ing a week to your­selves – and that you’d love them to visit af­ter that. No one will mind once you’ve ex­plained you’ll be rest­ing. Then make sure you heed your body’s needs: “Use as many of your kilo­joules as you can to re­cover,” says Les­ley: “Eat, sleep and feed.”

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