There is so much focus placed on pregnancy and the birth that many new Mums find themselves feeling shocked, vulnerable or totally unprepared during those first few days after the birth of their baby.
We chatted to the beautiful Jen from Seasons of Mama, who is a Midwife, Calm Birth Educator and a Mother herself, to help us educate our MaterniTea Mums on the top 5 things you might not expect in those precious yet challenging first three days.
Urine and Stools
You may find the muscles in the urinary tract have been stretched post birth and as a result you may experience some leaking. Dont be too alarmed, with time and pelvic floor exercises you can heal and correct this. It is also normal to feel anxious about your first bowel movemeparticularlyily if you have torn or have stitches from a vaginal birth.
Be sure to drink plenty of water and snack on fibre rich foods like apples and dates with nut butter, carrot sticks and hummus, wholegrain cereals and breads. By upping your intake of fresh fruit and veg you can assist you body to achieve a smoother bowel movement without applying more strain to an already tender area.
Ensure you are up and moving around as quickly as is safe and possible as this motion helps your digestive system flow.
Colostrum, aka liquid gold is everything your babys marbel sized stomach needs until your breastmilk comes in typically around day three post birth.
You may notice your breasts feeling heavy, tender, swollen, full or even a pins and needles like sensation. Consider having a breastfeeding plan to help you feel supported during this time. Generally babies will have a nice feed post birth followed by a 6-8 hour sleep. This is a great chance to rest yourself as your baby will want to feed more frequently thereafter. It is normal to feel as though all you do is breastfeed your baby.
At MaterniTea our range of Post Natal and Breastfeeding Blends have been designed by a team of Naturopaths, Dietitians and Tea Master to help support you through the challenges and help promote healing and healthy breastmilk supply.
In addition our Post Partum Sitz Bath tea range is a beautiful soothing way to provide relief and encourage faster postpartum healing.
Post Birth Recovery Tea
SerendipiTea is our post birth recovery blend to help heal the reproductive organs, reduce post birth pains, regulate hormonal balance and help reduce swelling and inflammation.
MaterniTea teas are 100% organic and caffeine-free, specially formulated by naturopaths and dietitians.