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The basic guidelines for the 40-day postnatal period:

  • Be cosy at home. Stay close to your baby.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Be conscious about healthy food and drinks. (More about food).
  • Start with pelvic floor exercises.
  • Long and deep breathing with abdominal breath (bringing the pelvic floor muscle up).
  • Avoid abdominal over-stretching.
  • Do not strain nor lift anything heavier than your baby.
  • For the first few days, lie on your stomach (with a little pillow underneath the belly) to help compress the uterus.
  • Stimulate the circulation of the blood in the legs by lying on your back with your legs straight and pulling the toes towards you.