Postnatal health care is one of the most ignored things once the baby enters this world because the newborn is the cynosure of all eyes whether be it the mother or the other family members. As is the norm, a new mother has to tend to the baby’s needs. It is during this phase that the mother starts ignoring herself and this is the time when the body is prone to different problems. Some of these may be the accumulated pregnancy weight which, if not lost, may expose new mothers to problems like diabetes, thyroid, etc.
This is one of the problems I faced myself. I gained around 12 kg during pregnancy but lost hardly 3-4 kg post delivery. I took care of my newborn daughter and also performed other household chores thinking I am being active throughout the day and will gradually lose my weight. However, this hardly helped me. There was not much change in my weight. Also if I stood for a long time my back started aching. My sugar levels sparked up and I started feeling lethargic. I went for a full body checkup and realised that my TSH levels were alarming and were at the pre-diabetic stage.
This served as a wake-up call for me. I re-oriented my lifestyle completely. I dedicated an hour for physical activities in the morning. I took to walking and yoga. Various health apps available on Play Store came to my help in keeping a track of my daily activity. Although, initially, it seemed hard, gradually I incorporated it into my schedule. I managed to lose 8 kg and felt good about myself and my body felt great too. The best part was that I could fit into my pre-pregnancy dresses.
On a serious note, a woman is a pillar of the family. She is the one who takes care of everyone’s needs, especially children. So, if she is fit and fine everything sails smoothly. All ladies out there please take care of yourself, sometimes it’s necessary to make yourself a priority too.
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