The postnatal period is crucial as a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes after she conceives a new born child. This period begins soon after the 3rd stage when the delivery of placenta is complete. A mother needs more care and attention soon after childbirth, especially while she is still in birth unit. After discharge from hospital, the initial six weeks is very important and required steps need to be taken to ensure that the new mother is taken care of in addition to the child.
Key considerations for postnatal care
Some of the main considerations here include clinical monitoring of pulse, blood pressure, temperature and to check for abnormalities if any. The wellness of the baby is checked and for any known congenital anomalies. The blood loss should be normal and if there is excessive bleeding, immediate intervention is needed. Besides, a new mother should consult a pregnancy chiropractor even after delivery to ensure that the body restores back to functioning normally. After childbirth, there are endless tasks a mother needs to do on a daily basis, which can strain the neck and back. Therefore, chiropractic treatment is recommended in such cases.
After discharge from hospital
Physiotherapy support post delivery is highly recommended, especially if you are an outdoor game person. That’s when the sports chiropractor offers the required chiropractic treatment for your joints to ensure proper functioning of muscles. After getting discharged from childcare clinic, babies and mothers well being is checked from time to time by a health practitioner. You can either visit them personally or consult the ones who can come home and check you up. Mothers need to make appointments, especially for a 6 week postnatal check. During this visit, the mother can inquire about the child’s growth and baby feeding. The bladder and bowel functioning of new mothers is checked as well.
Other common medical examinations
The physical examination of the mother and child varies as per the distinct needs. Some may monitor the status of the wound if it’s a caesarean section. If it’s a vaginal delivery, the doctor may advise different ways to make the pelvic muscles stronger to get back to a normal lifestyle. Some mothers also go through cervical cancer screening tests. Blood pressure, rectus muscle separation and other related checks are also done. These tests are very crucial and hence postnatal care is a must for all mothers who experience childbirth to ensure both mother and child are healthy and free from any medical complications.