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After the Pregnancy

  • Changes to Your Body and Mind

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    After giving birth, a mother’s body continues to undergo changes. As the uterus shrinks, some may experience painful contractions. Eating nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, having the support of loved ones and drinking more fluids are some recommendations to help your body heal. With proper nutrition and physical activity, most women are able to effectively lower their weight within 6 months of pregnancy.

    Changes in hormone levels, body physique and sleeping patterns may affect a woman’s mood after delivery. Depression after giving birth may be a sign of postnatal depression. This can develop during the first 6 months after birth, and can last over a year if left untreated. Symptoms include:

    • Having negative thoughts about yourself and baby
    • Feeling sad and hopeless
    • Being unable to sleep well
    • Loss of appetite
    • A lack of interest in life
    • Crying for no reason

    Negative emotions experienced during and after pregnancy should not be taken lightly. If you do not feel right or notice yourself feeling worried or sad, seek help by talking to your obstetrician.

  • Breastfeeding

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    In the first few days after giving birth, you and your baby will get to know each other and slowly get the hang of breastfeeding. We recommend that you learn more about it during pregnancy so that you can breastfeed with greater confidence.

    Watch a guide to breastfeeding:

    Antenatal classes help to guide new mothers care for their newborns in the areas of breastfeeding and bathing. At the Gleneagles Hospital ParentCraft Centre, we have a team of dedicated and trained personnel to help provide advice on antenatal, confinement and postnatal care. To enquire about our ParentCraft Services, please call 6470 5852 during Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

  • Sexual Health After Pregnancy

    couple with their newborn baby

    After a natural or caesarean delivery, a woman’s body requires time to heal before having sexual intercourse. Talk to your doctor to know when it is safe for intercourse after giving birth. While a new mother will be able to enjoy sex after pregnancy, issues like fatigue, bleeding, pain, and changes in mood and hormone levels may affect the return to normal intercourse. It is common for a new mother to feel that she is not emotionally or physically ready for sex after pregnancy, and it is important for her to give herself time and to communicate her feelings to her partner.

    Getting back to a normal routine requires good hydration, adequate rest, a healthy diet and regular exercise. With patience and proper planning, sexual intercourse after pregnancy can be a pleasurable experience again. If you have any concerns, consult your obstetrician and gynaecologist to understand more.

  • Nutrition for the Mother

    nutrition for the new mother

    In both Western and Eastern practices, new mothers are recommended to obtain adequate rest and to consume nutritious food during the postpartum period. Good nutrition not only builds up the mother’s physical condition, but is also important for breastfeeding. Talk to your obstetrician to understand your personal dietary limitations and the recommended foods for optimal recovery.

  • Vaccination for the Baby

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    Vaccination provides protection against illnesses, that may lead to serious complications, by encouraging the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the disease.

    In Singapore, newborn babies are administered vaccines for tuberculosis and hepatitis B. Your doctor may advise you on the subsequent regular immunisations for your baby. The National Immunisation Registry (NIR) monitors and ensures that your child receives immunisation at the appropriate ages from birth up to age 18. Discuss with your paediatrician on the vaccination schedule to understand more.

    Reference: Health Promotion Board Singapore: https://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/2920

  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) at Gleneagles Hospital

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    Gleneagles Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides specialised and advanced medical care to infants in a safe and nurturing environment. Our team of experienced medical professionals are here to ensure that your child receives dedicated treatment and care.

    Services include:

    • Neonatal intensive and special care
    • Newborn screening
    • Neonatal neurodevelopmental follow-up for premature infants
    • High-risk delivery preparation
    • High-risk and birth defect consultation
    • Specialist consultation

    To understand more, please call the Gleneagles Patient Assistance Centre 24-hour hotline at +65 6575 7575.

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