Prenatal and Postpartum Memo
Justin M. Knight
February 23, 2015
Prenatal and Postpartum Memo
To: Six month pregnant mother to be
From: Developmental Psychologists
Subject: Prenatal Diet and Activities
For your personal benefit and the benefit of your child, you must take extra precautions when it comes to your personal health, and the growth of your developing child. Diet and exercise are crucial to a healthy start to your new lives together. Pregnancy is a life altering experience for you. You will may experience physical, mental, and hormonal changes during your journey into motherhood. I have assembled a nutrition and physical activity plan for you to follow to assist you in a positive way to help ensure the healthy development of your child and a better wellbeing for the both of you. Nutrition is very important in your child’s development, so during the remainder of your pregnancy, it is recommended that you try to be sure to eat a minimum of five small meals per day. You should consider filling your diet with foods that are full of vitamins and minerals, along with the appropriate amount of iron, protein, saturated fat, and carbohydrates. Also recommended, stay well hydrated. Try to avoid caffeinated drinks, and stay clear of alcoholic beverages. Proper Nutrition is very important to the development of your child. Please remember to take any pre-natal vitamins as directed by your obstetrician and follow any dietary guidelines that they may provide you with. Regular exercise is also extremely important to you and your developing child. Try to establish a regular list of physical activity that focuses on the parts of your body that are directly affected by your developing child. Keep in mind as your child develops, your posture will change. You will want to focus your physical activity on areas of your body that will strengthen your abdominal area, your energy, endurance, and the organs in your pelvic region. Breathing activities will also be very beneficial. Working on core muscle groups, and walking a minimum of one mile per day, will make the child labor process more bearable. The better physical shape that you are in, the easier your transition into post birth can be. Just remember that you are blessed with the gift of giving life to a child. So the last recommendation is to get a healthy amount of rest, so that you can enjoy the journey into parenthood.
To: Postpartum mother
From: Developmental Psychologist
Subject: Postpartum Diet and Activities
The postpartum period can last up to six weeks after the birth of a child. It is important to be aware of any signs of depression. One of the main focuses is that, as a new mother, one must take the correct steps in taking care of yourself and your newborn.
As a new mother, you are most likely looking for a way to remove any baby weight that you may have added during your pregnancy. Just remember that your body is still in recovery mode. Do not look to the latest fad diet, make sensible choices regarding your dietary habits. Take in plenty of proteins from lean sources, and choose foods that are big on bulk, and not on calories. Some examples of lean proteins are eggs, beans, and fish. Foods that are high in bulk are celery, grapes and strawberries. If you are able to breast feed, you will be able to reduce calories quicker. Be sure to take in plenty of fluids.
The majority of your postpartum physical activity will be dictated by your physician. The levels of activity will vary dependent upon the mode of delivery. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that it is okay to resume an exercise regimen as soon as you feel up to it. However, your doctor or midwife may suggest waiting up to six weeks before continuing an exercise routine. For a vaginal delivery, you can typically start with low impact aerobics, and modified push-ups. If you had a caesarean section, you should consult with...
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