Let's get real, moms and moms-to-be: While pregnancy—especially if it's your first—is awe-inducing ("Wow, there's another human being growing inside me!"), it does come with aches and pains. Don't forget the new-mom jitters, too, but then that's another story.
The physical changes pregnancy brings can cause some discomfort. "During pregnancy, the growing belly and the increasing weight may make a mom so uncomfortable that she may lack the rest she badly needs. Her back frequently aches, and her legs become easily tired," says Abi Yabot, mom of five, certified lactation counselor, and La Leche League Leader.
The same concerns still apply even after your bundle of joy finally arrives. Also, the transition from the womb to the outside world can be tricky for both mom and baby. According to Yabot, attachment parenting helps: "The baby has to be literally attached to an adult for at least the first six weeks, and even ideally until the ninth month of the baby—nine months in the womb, hence nine months for adjustment to the outside world."
Yabot adds: "Even if a newborn weighs only two to five kilos, extended carrying can make a mom—or a dad—feel tired and fatigued. But sitting in a well-supported chair, especially when the baby is asleep, helps parents fulfill the need of a child for attachment. This helps babies regulate their bodily patterns faster, increase their neurological development, and also boost their motor and social skills."
The first few days postpartum
To help speed up your healing after giving birth, be it from an episiotomy or a Caesarean scar, refrain from moving too much, advises Yabot. "[A mom] needs a chair where she can lounge, rock, recline, and even glide especially when the baby needs to be pacified," she says. "In the womb, babies get pacified by gentle swaying, which is mimicked outside through rocking or gliding."
Because you should be reserving your energy for recovery, Yabot recommends using a La-Z-Boy recliner. "You can use it as your chair and makeshift bed for short naps. Have all of your stuff handy: snacks, drinks, phone, remote controls, magazines or books, and maybe a bell to call for help."
Yabot says the best position for a C-section mom is a semi-recline. "This is best achieved with a La-Z-Boy recliner. She can prop herself up when she is awake or when she needs to rock the baby gently to sleep or recline in her most comfortable angle so she can also doze safely."
Reclining helps relieve pregnancy-induced back pain, aching joints, swelling feet, and soreness. It's also essential to finding the right breastfeeding position while improving blood flow.
To nurse your baby comfortably, you need proper support. "In bed, you will need three to five pillows in the back and neck area, one under the knees, one in front of you, and one on each side. Hence, you need about nine pillows," Yabot says. "The La-Z-Boy provides all the support, and you may need only one pillow in front of you if your baby is still too small."
The American Chiropractic Association has endorsed La-Z-Boy reclining furniture for its back and lumbar support. It has the most number of reclining positions (18 comfort levels), and gives total body and lumbar support in all.
Comfort is key
Because a happy mom means a happy baby, your comfort is important. You also need to be well-rested so you can fulfill your mommy duties. "Sleep is a luxury a mom would love to have if her body were properly supported," Yabot says. "And sometimes, you just want to sit down, read a magazine, watch your favorite show, or maybe drift off to sleep in a comfy chair."
Take it from the expert. You deserve this—and dads and dads-to-be ought to know.
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