The royal baby has arrived and it's a boy! Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The new father shared a video of himself on the royal's official Instagram account telling reporters, "How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It's been amazing."
Mother and baby are both healthy and doing well! The Doctors' OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry offers Meghan, as well as all new moms, these five tips for recovering after giving birth:
Tip #1: Listen to Your Body
As Prince Harry alluded to, the delivery process is not easy! Furthermore, following delivery, a woman's body is still working hard. It is possible, during this time, to develop postpartum issues like high blood pressure or depression. All women should let their healthcare providers know if they feel that they have any physical or emotional issues that need to be addressed.
Tip #2: Accept Help
As the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan already has a lot on her plate. Now, she has a new baby too! It's okay to need and want a break. Like all new moms, Meghan should be able to have some "me time." Watch a movie, read a book, take a nap... do whatever will make you happy!
Meghan will no doubt have all the help she needs but sometimes, new moms are reluctant to take that help stemming from maternal instinct.
Tip #3: Maintain a Well-Balanced Diet and Exercise Once Cleared by Your Doctor
Babies are beautiful and wonderful, but they take up a lot of time! Therefore, sometimes it's easier to grab a quick, unhealthy snack and/or skip out on a workout, but that is not best for mom or the baby! A balanced diet and exercise regimen will help Meghan, and all new moms, feel their best. A healthy diet is also important for babies of breastfeeding moms.
Tip #4: Use Ice Packs and Sitz Baths After a Vaginal Delivery
Both of these things can soothe the perineal areas that may be sore after birth. If you have a c-section, doctors will likely keep a close eye on incisions to make sure there is no infection. When it comes to surgical incisions, it's always beneficial to catch and treat infections early on.
Tip #5: Don't Forget Kegels!
Kegel exercises are especially important now to keep those pelvic floor muscles strong!