The first month after a woman gives birth, a generous amount of rest is important as it would be the only way the body can be restored of whatever energy has been exerted during the 7 to 9 months of pregnancy. Restoration of the internal reproductive system and the external part of it needs rest and time to heal from soreness or tearing that happened while conceiving.
Along with the rest comes the nutritious food composition which is essential for the body to restore the lost fluids and eventually rejuvenate the nutrients that must have been shared or endowed to the child altogether a month or so. Here are the postnatal stages a woman goes through after delivery of a child:
The very first week upon giving birth, this is when the mother starts to walk around and tries to get back on her feet. Regardless of the nature of delivery, this is just the time when standing up and slowly going to and fro becomes possible. The struggle that must have been spent during labor will surely drain the mother of of all the strength she has.
Two to 4 weeks after giving birth, postnatal checkups and visit to the doctor may take place around this time. This is also the required time when the soreness of the woman’s genitalia, where the baby has come through, happens to recover. Sagging private parts also tend to develop some elasticity and slowly gets back to its usual state.
Happening sometime between 6 to 12 months from giving birth, this is when the total body system recovers from the total pregnancy scenarios and it returns to the usual condition. This is when ultimate restoration or physical strength must have completely takes effect. The confinement period can extend to more than a year, in fact.
Confinement practices may vary from place to place but all aimed to get the mother recover from the rigorous milestones brought about by pregnancy to delivery. Here are some confinement practices observed even until today:
- Binding the abdomen to put back the midsection parts altogether and in place.
- Bathing in a combination of herbs and hot water a few days after delivery.
- Regular soft massages from a professional masseuse until the muscles are relaxed.
- Rubbing the midsection with hot stones to scrape off and eventually cleanse the womb.
- Feeding the mother with hot soup so energy refill will be in place and in order.
It normally takes one full year for a human body to fully recover after all the efforts spend during pregnancy. The confinement period occurs in the first 30 to 40 days from the date of delivery and this is not just some tradition being followed but a scientifically based observation about health restoration and physical recovery of a person after giving birth.