Physical Adjustments after Birth
Rest & Sleep
Many parents prefer that the baby sleeps in the same room as them, because it is easy to check on the baby. Breastfeeding mothers can nurse and go right back to sleep. Visits from relatives or friends should be short and sweet. Visitors often want to wake the sleeping baby. When this happens, the parents should ask the visitors to come back another time when the baby is awake.
Strict dieting is not recommended while breastfeeding, the food restrictions can decrease the milk supply. Mothers who are not breastfeeding should still eat nutritious meals and snack so it will provide the energy she needs to care for the baby.
To lose weight, a new mother should eat nutritious meals and snacks without extra fat and calories. Foods like fruit, vegetables low-fat milk, yogurt, lean meats, poultry, fish, whole-grain breads and cereals supply the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients needed for a healthy diet.
With a healthy diet and moderate exercise will help a mother lose weight. A safe weight loss would be about 1 pound a week. It is important to remember that it took 9 months to gain all the weight, so it should take 9 months to lose it.