Four tips for mothers after delivery

It is common to be worried about your baby and many mothers neglect themselves through doing this. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 December 2019

Four tips for mothers after delivery

  • Do not hesitate to consult your doctor about any changes in your body or the body of your baby
  • Always eat healthy food as much as your body needs

DUBAI: The postpartum period starts from the moment the baby leaves his mother’s womb along with the placenta. It lasts for six weeks, during which, taking care of the mother and her baby is just as important as it was during pregnancy, as they are both exposed to many problems that could occur during this period. These problems include infections, blood clotting, depression, and emotional instability, among others. Therefore, it is important for you to see and consult a doctor whenever you notice any changes in your body or the body of your baby.

Always eat healthy food as much as your body needs, don’t consider going on a diet if you don’t want to harm yourself or your baby. Women who have recently given birth need (2500) calories a day, while they only need (2000) during pregnancy; which means that they need more after giving birth. This could be explained by the fact that lactating requires a lot of energy and absorbed nutrients from her body, which in turn requires more useful nutrition, rich in essential nutrients for the body’s health.




Do not consider going on a diet if you don’t want to harm yourself or your baby. (Shutterstock)

After giving birth, you shouldn’t stop taking the vitamins and food supplements that you used to have during pregnancy. Delivery doesn’t mean that you can take any medications you want, therefore, you should always consult your doctor about every step you take, because your baby takes all the nutrients he needs through your milk, as for medications, they usually also get to your baby through milk as well. Therefore, you should consider the postpartum period similar to pregnancy when it comes to the baby’s sensitivity to medications, a fact that requires you to consult a doctor about any kind or dose of medication.

One of most important pieces of advice after delivery has to do with the psychological side. It is common to be worried about your baby and many mothers neglect themselves through doing this. Put simply, it’s difficult to look after your baby if you are tired and depressed.

To avoid this psychological maze, the father should be very supportive of the mother, by sharing the responsibility of the baby, thus giving her some time to rest, to be able to contain, take care, be tender to, and make her baby feel safe. She, however, shouldn’t neglect her own health and appearance for the sake of the baby. Instead, she should manage her time in a way that allows her to take care of herself just as she takes care of her baby, in addition to being prepared for this burden and expecting it beforehand, to be well prepared to carry out her duties.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com


This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

Updated 15 min 4 sec ago

This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

DUBAI: On the night of the Beirut port blasts, which killed 154 civilians and injured thousands on August 4, Lebanese food shop owner Nabil Khoury and his brother decided to launch one of the very first initiatives for distributing packaged meals to those impacted by the catastrophe. Within a week, more than 3,000 meals have been cooked in the kitchen of Khoury’s vegetarian delicatessen, “Dry & Raw.”

In an Instagram post, the company shared: “We are all one in this. This is the least we can do for you, for us and for our country.”

With the help of staff and numerous young volunteers, along with Khoury’s loyal clients (who generously donated meat and poultry), a variety of hot meals incorporating carbohydrates and proteins, sandwiches and salads have been distributed to many, including selfless medical doctors, volunteers and families in need.

“With the donations, I cannot tell you how much people love to help each other — it’s overwhelming,” Khoury, 45, told Arab News.

He collaborated with the Lebanese Red Cross, the Lebanese Food Bank and local NGO Hot Pot Meal to deliver food to different parts of Beirut, such as Gemmayze, Mar Mikhael and Karantina, which were all severely damaged by the explosions.

“No picture or video could describe the damage that has occurred,” he explained, adding how the country was already suffering from an economic meltdown and the coronavirus pandemic. “In the early hours, people were busy helping each other, takingothers to hospitals, and burying the dead. But now, they are very angry at the whole system. Our government has resigned, but this is not the solution — the whole corrupt system has to step down. This explosion broke the last bone in our back.”

Having previously worked for NGOs, Khoury opened “Dry & Raw” in February 2020; a few months after the October uprising that witnessed nationwide anti-government protests.

Encouraging local food production, Khoury claims the conceptual shop is the “first of its kind” in Lebanon, offering organic, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian foods, which have been produced in-house.

In addition, select produce is grown at the shop’s own farm.

Khoury recalled: “People criticized the fact that we opened the shop in the midst of an economic crisis, but we said: ‘This is the future and we should really start local production now’.”