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I became the mother of a baby girl on 16th June. As a part of our culture, we are kept in a closed room for 40 days after giving birth to a child. Earlier, I used to think that this type of tradition is of no use, and is just a stale process that is going on from centuries. But now, when I became a mother myself, I realized the importance of those 40 days.
These 40 days are a must for the proper wellbeing of a mother. After giving birth to a new being, the mother’s body becomes quite weak, which requires time to recover. So, I would like to share my daily routine, which my mother-in-law followed for my recovery.
- I used to wake up at 6 a.m., as I had to take rai paani, which my mother-in-law would prepare for me.
- After that, I used to drink a full glass of milk at 8 a.m.
- At 10:30, I would eat my breakfast, which included ghiya, kachha papita sabzi, ghee parantha.
- At 12 p.m., I would drink vegetable soup.
- At 1:30, I would eat my lunch – either dalia, khichdi, or roti-sabzi
- Then, at 4, I would have a glass of milk, an ajwain laddoo prepared by my mother, and biscuits.
- At 5:30, I would eat an apple.
- At 7, I would eat my dinner – masoor dal or moong dal, and parantha.
- Then, at 9, I would drink a glass full of milk.
In between, I took full rest. I used to get my body massaged in the mornings and evenings both. I applied ghee every day on my hair. This way, I recovered in 40 days.
Now, my baby is 6 months old. I must say, people, it requires a lot to raise a child, and those initial days are very essential for a mother’s health. It’s a total change of emotions for a new mother. So, she requires ample amounts of love, care, and support at that time.
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