Far beyond the classic 45-day quarantine, the new coronavirus pandemic has brought a double quarantine for women who are living in the puerperium. And the worst: for those who had a baby at the beginning of the pandemic, the period extended for more than seven months. Even with social distance, it is possible to create a support network in the pandemic. Let us explain!
Pandemic and puerperium
Postpartum is a hormonal avalanche, in which the woman must deal with countless changes in her body and also adapt to the new routine with a newborn at home. It is an exhausting and painful process!
Because of the pandemic, we need to reinforce that the loneliness experienced during this phase can trigger a situation of postpartum depression or baby blues. In Brazil, one in four women suffer from this problem.
How to face this phase with more support?
Therefore, we have selected some actions that will help you to create a support network in the pandemic. Check out!
-Technology is the best ally! Keep in touch with friends and family! Whether by video calls, messages or calls, the important thing is to know that those people are there for you and that they are ready for you to let off steam!
-Search for maternity groups on social networks, groups on Whatsapp or Telegram, podcasts, videos. There is a lot of online maternity content available! It is an opportunity to get in touch with other women who are also experiencing the puerperium in the pandemic.
-Don’t be ashamed to ask or accept help! There is no way to handle everything alone! Ask for help from those who live with you to not exceed your limits – you also need (and deserve!) Rest.
Tips to help a mother in the postpartum period in the pandemic:
Friends and family
– Affectionate gestures make a difference! How about ordering food and having it delivered to the new dads’ house? In addition to a super affectionate surprise, the couple will not need to cook another meal!
-Are you going out to go to the supermarket, bakery or pharmacy? Call and ask if the family needs anything and leave it at the building’s concierge!
-Offer a friendly shoulder and not a rain of guesses! This moment is too delicate for judgments, opinions and unnecessary advice. Empathize!
Partner living together:
-Participate in the newborn care routine! After all, the baby is also your responsibility. The routine with the new family member is too much for a person to deal with alone. With the pandemic, help from grandparents is not possible at this time, so you are a key player in the support network.
–Divided household chores don’t overwhelm anyone! #ficaadica
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