Postnatal exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing just after going through labour but it may help you more than you think. The good news is that you dont even have to go running or spend lengthy sessions in the gym. Gentle exercise has been proven to help you recover from childbirth more quickly and give you more energy.Experts recommend a gentle start to your postnatal exercise about 6 weeks about giving birth and you should concentrate on walking, pelvic floor exercises and some light abdominal work.
Postnatal health can cover a wide range of ails and syndromes. From physical problems caused by a difficult birth to mental issues like post natal depression, caring for your postnatal health is very important to your wellbeing.
Most baby health care centres are trained not only to care for your baby but for your postnatal health too so a visit to them or your doctor should be your first port of call when dealing with any postnatal health problems.
Birth can be a physically as well as emotionally draining experience. Often people focus on the physical exertions associated with labour with scant regard for the mental and emotional drain that bringing a child into this would can bring about and many mums can feel emotionally flat after birth. This is very common and for alot of women, it is their hormones at fault. For most new mothers these feeling pass and you are back to your normal self within a month or so.
Although the thought of talking about your post baby body makes most new mum’s uncomfortable, it can help to chat about it. The girls talk about their body image and what they really think of their post baby bodies.
We bring out into the open the common, yet unspoken, issue of incontinence affecting 1 in 3 Australian women. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news there are ways to manage it and exercises you can do to help.
Learn about the common causes of depression in mums and ways to identify if you are at risk or are suffering from postnatal depression.
Brett Osmond, from the Huggies Book Club, brings in a few great titles for the mums. First, Brooke Shields recent release Down Came the Rain, which has received rave reviews and a great deal of publicity, in part because of the comments made by Tom Cruise about PND not being real.