This is a painkiller which helps to relieve mild to moderate pain or fever.
Mefenamic Acid / Naproxen (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs)
These are painkillers which help to relieve moderate to severe pain, which is not relieved by paracetamol
Antacid with Simethicone / Famotidine
NSAIDs may cause gastric discomfort, Antacid with Simethicone or Famotidine is usually taken as a gastric protectant.
Obimin / Sangobion / Hemoplex
These preparations contain multivitamins with iron. Iron is needed to produce red blood cells to replenish the blood loss during delivery.
This is a laxative for short-term treatment of constipation. It works by softening and lubricating the stools, making stools easier to pass through the bowel.
**Should you require more supply of medication, the following can be bought over-the-counter without Doctor's prescription: Paracetamol, Antacid with Simethicone, Obimin/Sangobion/Hemoplex, Liquid Paraffin
These medications are usually well tolerated ; however common side effects may still occur.
May cause gastric discomfort .
Iron may cause constipation, so drink extra fluids and increase intake of fruits and vegetables to prevent this. It may also cause darkening of the stools, but this is harmless
The dose is usually two tablets, to be taken three or four times a day, when necessary. Do not take more than eight tablets in one day. It may be taken with or without food. Do not take additional paracetamol-containing products.
The dose is usually two capsules three times a day (Mefenamic Acid) or two tablets twice a day (Naproxen Sodium), to be taken when necessary or as directed by your doctor. These medications are to be taken after food to prevent gastric irritation. As an added precaution, Antacid with Simethicone or Famotidine is also taken with these medications as it acts as a gastric protectant.
If Antacid with Simethicone is given to you, chew one to two tablets before taking the NSAIDs. Try to space the Antacid with Simethicone two hours apart from other medicines (except for NSAIDs). If Famotidine is given to you, take one to two tablets once or twice daily, as directed by your doctor.
The dose is usually one tablet a day or as directed by your doctor. These medicines are to be taken after food or as directed.
The dose is usually 10 mL three times a day, when necessary. It may be taken with or without food. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medicine to avoid aspiration pneumonia (medicine leaking back into the lungs). As far as possible, avoid taking Liquid Paraffin with Obimin as it may interfere with the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins in Obimin. Space these two medications by at least an hour apart.
Why is good nutrition after delivery important?
What do I need to consume if I am breastfeeding?
A nursing mother’s requirements are similar to those of pregnancy. About 500 additional calories are needed each day, as the remainder is assumed to come from fat and nutrient stores. This can easily be achieved through eating the recommended portions from all the food groups, which will meet the nutritional requirements of a lactating mother. The table below serves as a guide to a healthy balanced diet and highlights the differences between the diet of a lactating mother and that of a general Singaporean adult woman/female.
*1 rice bowl **250ml cup ***10-inch plate
Key nutrients to note:
√√ Dairy foods (milk, yogurt, cheese), high-calcium soy milk
√ Fish with edible bones (sardines, ikan bilis), beancurd, nuts
√√ Lean red meat, chicken, fish
√ Leafy vegetables, eggs, iron-enriched breakfast cereals, legumes, nuts – Consume with high vitamin C foods for better iron absorption (e.g. fruit, capsicum)
Medicines after Delivery - What you should know
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