India and myths go hand in hand, and have historically done so. If there’s one area that is chock full of superstitions ranging from silly to downright absurd, it’s and new parenthood. The problem with superstitions is that it could be getting in the way of the mother and the newborn baby’s health. This is especially true for new mommies, who will have to make a whole lot of changes – from daily habits to dietary preferences and so on. Therefore, it’s important that you know the changes you’re about to make or are asked to make are actually healthy.
So, today, let’s bust some of the most common post-pregnancy myths!
Myth: You should give up seafood!
Fact: There is no particular need to give up seafood entirely. In fact, most seafood is rich in nutrients that will benefit the process of the body’s recuperation after the delivery. Most fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids.
However, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm the baby or a young child's developing nervous system, and affect your recuperating body too. But as long as you stick to the fish which are low in mercury, (for example, shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish), it is all good. So, don’t give up delicious seafood completely. But do your research or seek help from a dietician for better clarity.
Myth: Breastfeeding leads to saggy breasts
Fact: False. Yes, with the milk, your breasts do get heavy, and that might lead to soreness and backache. But it definitely doesn’t lead to saggy breasts. In fact, breasts are actually doing the work they were intended to do, and that is completely natural. Most mothers end up loving the process of breastfeeding since it is one of the most affectionate things a mother does.
Using a proper bra that provides ample support to your breasts, applying oil regularly and some mild exercising will do enough to keep you in shape in case you are too worried.
Myth: Don’t exercise!
Fact: The human body requires some kind of movement and activity to keep itself happy and healthy, and this is especially true for women postpartum. Lack of activity will only lead to weight gain and weakened muscles. Postpartum, your body is still undergoing a lot of changes, which mainly involve recovering from the delivery. The hormone levels in your body are still fluctuating. And exercises like swimming, walking and yoga are great ways to not only regulate your hormone levels, but also help with your body’s recovery and improve mental health.
Myth: Don’t step out of the house for 40 days!
Fact: Although, there is a risk of bringing in unwanted germs from the outside and passing them on to the baby, it is essentially very low. You can step out once in a while, and get some much-neededair and “me” time. However, avoid going anywhere that’s too polluted or filthy, as it may put you at risk of infections.
These are just some of the myths surrounding the period and new mothers. Whatever anyone tells you, it is important for you to prioritize your health and that of your baby over everything else. Make healthy lifestyle choices and listen to your doctor. Happy parenting!