The first few weeks of motherhood are a physical and emotional roller-coaster, particularly if this is your first time.
The support we offer is a mix of good old-fashioned midwifery alongside the most up-to-date teaching and practice in mother-and-baby care. Our team of highly experienced midwives and breast-feeding consultants can provide specialised care ranging from a one-off consultation to a comprehensive package. Other therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, can help ease any anxiety or tension you may have, as well as relieve any lingering pain and discomfort from the birth.
It is important to make sure that you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet with the right kinds of foods during the weeks and months following the birth. This is because your body is still recovering from a substantial trauma. Some general guidance, or a personalised recovery programme from one of our Zita West midwives can be invaluable at this stage, ensuring you set realistic goals, creating a sensible daily routine that includes lots of nutritious and enjoyable foods to keep your energy levels high and milk production stable.
If you are breast-feeding, you'll need additional calories and a good fluid intake too. Ensuring that your calorific intake is balanced is also important.
While a weight loss diet at this stage is inappropriate, choosing what, how and when you eat will establish good eating habits that will support any weight loss effort later.
At this time it is important to feel understood and supported. An experienced and sympathetic person who can listen to your feelings and worries can be an enormous relief. Your Zita West midwife can provide valuable support in helping you to understand the emotional changes involved in becoming a new mother and can advise on whether you might benefit from counselling or specific therapies such as Hypnotherapy should you feel a little down or depressed.