Stay Warm

Especially if you give birth during the early spring, fall, or winter, you should try to remain as warm as possible. For moms that give birth during the summer, you are fortunate because it is easier to stay warm during this time since the climate is in favor of your postpartum body.

However, this doesn’t mean you should wear tank tops and shorts at home and put the air conditioner on high. It simply means that it will require less effort on your part to stay warm because the temperature is already suitable.  

 

At home you should always wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing, preferably 100% cotton long sleeves and pants. You should keep your feet warm and wear socks or slippers at all times except when you are sleeping. Don’t expose yourself to the air conditioner or fan, and remember to keep your windows closed. If you do go outside, make sure you wear layers. Avoid cold baths and swimming because it exposes your body to cold temperatures when you are trying to heal. Instead take warm baths and showers. Once you get out of the shower you should immediately blow dry your hair. You should also avoid dry saunas and steam saunas during this time because excessive heat can cause a cooling effect on your body. The crucial point is to keep your body warm and dry during this restorative period. While this may seem like a long list of “do not’s” and may even deter you from postpartum confinement entirely, you need to remind yourself that this is only for 30 days post childbirth. By fully committing yourself to the 30 days of confinement, you will feel the enduring effects of rejuvenation, leading to a healthier and faster recovery.  

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