Giving birth has been a highly perilous affair all around the world for the hundreds of thousands of years that we have been humans. Until 100 years ago, one out of every ten women died during childbirth. Giving birth was one of the most common ways for women to pass away.
There are cultural customs all throughout the world that revolve around this very delicate time after childbirth for both the mother and the infant.
Myth: “Now that my baby is here, I’m going to be depressed and weak.”
Facts: It is true that most mothers experience a melancholy or gloomy mood that starts a few days after the baby is born and lasts for varying amounts of time.
The “baby or postnatal blues” are a set of symptoms that are thought to be linked to hormonal changes that occur after a baby is born. Fortunately, this mood is very temporary (approximately two weeks) and most women are able to recover from it.
Only a small percentage of women with these symptoms are diagnosed with depression. Suicidal or infanticide intent may accompany it. In such cases, prompt psychiatric intervention is critical.
Myth: “I’m not allowed to bathe or get into contact with water because I’m frightened of getting ‘wind’ in my system.” “It’s only possible for me to wash my hair with ginger-infused water.”
Facts: These ideas are based on nothing. Bathing on a frequent basis, in reality, ensures good personal hygiene and comfort. It helps to lower the risk of skin and wound infections. On a more intimate level, it ensures that those around you find you more tolerable.
Myth: “To get rid of the ‘wind,’ I need a lot of wine, sesame oil, and traditional herbs.”
Facts: This recommendation is not based on any medical evidence. There is no risk in ingesting these substances in moderation. They may, however, have negative effects on you and your baby if consumed in large quantities. In addition, there are a number of compounds in herbs that we aren’t fully aware of.
Alcohol and other organic chemicals may get into your breast milk and be passed on to your kid if you breastfeed. These drugs can harm the liver and exacerbate jaundice in newborns who already have them.
Myth: “I must not suppose to reveal myself or my baby to any air conditioning or windy breeze.”
Facts: As long as you and your infant are comfortable, there is no danger in turning on the air conditioner or fan for personal comfort. In our hot and humid climate, it may even aid in the prevention of heat rash.
Myth: I can only eat liver and meat.”
Facts: Physical alterations that happened in the previous nine months will revert to their original state throughout the confinement period. It’s also a time when you’re under a lot of nutritional stress, thanks to the recent blood loss during delivery and the needs of breastfeeding.
The notion is that the delivery “chilled” the mother, necessitating the consumption of “heating” items such as meat. Many “containment foods” have been developed to meet these dietary requirements and beliefs.
Whatever your views, it is more necessary to restore the body’s resources with a well-balanced diet than with certain food types. This is particularly true when breastfeeding. Iron or vitamin supplements may be used to meet these nutritional needs if necessary, such as in the case of vegetarians or vegans.
Myth: “I’m not allowed to pray or visit a house of worship.”
Facts: Many people feel that the post-partum discharge (lochia) is unclean, hence this practice keeps them from becoming spiritually contaminated. There is no scientific basis for it, yet again.
From a medical standpoint, it allows the lochia to heal and the episiotomy wound to heal fully, potentially reducing the risk of infection.
Request a referral from your doctor. Finding help for an emotional wellness issue can also help you with your care. Ascertain that you are in the care of Safe Hands.
We provide Personalized, Class Leading Care Taker Services for specialized cases like:
- Normal Baby Care
- Twin Baby Care
- Premature Baby Care
- Low Weight Baby Care
- Mother Care
Disclaimer: This website’s content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Such information is provided solely for educational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a doctor or qualified health care professional.
Get more information by visiting www.doyacare.com