Relaxing Activities

Do’s:

1.   Cherish this one on one time with your newborn.


2.   Stay in bed all day in your comfy pajamas.


3.   Get a postnatal massage at home. Hire a masseuse who is specifically trained in postnatal massage and can concentrate their finger strokes on your abdomen to improve pelvic circulation. Avoid a belly massage if you are recovering from a C-section until at least 3 months post-surgery or when your health care provider gives you consent. Instead, request the masseuse to focus on your legs, arms, and back.


4.   Listen to relaxing music.

 

5.   Read a book that is positive and uplifting.

 

6.   Write about your postpartum confinement month experience. Recording your daily thoughts and experiences with your newborn and your overall post childbirth experience will be treasured years from now.

 

Don’ts:

1.   Don’t vacuum. Have your husband, mother, boyfriend, partner, friend, mother-in-law, or personal helper do it.

 

2.   Don’t exercise during the 30 days postpartum.

 

3.   Avoid going up and down the stairs to minimize strain.

 

4.   Avoid going outside and exposing yourself to wind, rain, and cold weather.

 

5.   Don’t carry anything heavier than your baby for at least the first four weeks following vaginal delivery and for the first six weeks following a C-section. Heavy lifting should be avoided to minimize the risk of uterine prolapse and to allow your pelvic tissues to completely heal. 

 

6.   Don’t leave your hair wet. Immediately blow dry your hair once you get out of the shower.

 

7.   Don’t do gardening. Immersing yourself in nature is a great way to relax but is too strenuous with all of the squatting and lifting. Delay your planting projects until you are fully recuperated.

 

8.   Don’t wash your hands with cold water.

 

9.   Avoid wearing high heels.

 

10. Don't have sex for at least 6 weeks postpartum.

 

11. Don't carry your 20 pound stroller. Wait until at least one month before you lift it in and out of the trunk.

 

12. Most importantly, don't try to do it all. Your goal is not to be a supermom. Your goal is to fully recover and replenish your body to its pre-pregnancy state during the 30 days post childbirth. Women in Asia who do the confinement month after pregnancy truly enjoy being treated like a queen and doing nothing but eating, sleeping, reading, listening to music, feeding the baby, and taking care of the baby. You will feel more rejuvenated, healthier, and more youthful after the 30 days of rest.

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Welcome to Nouvelle
Mama - Your Guide to
Healthy, Post Childbirth
Recovery.
At Nouvelle Mama, the focus is all about you and replenishing your body during the postpartum recovery period integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, nourishing recipes, and a healthy lifestyle that promotes your overall health and well-being.