Childbirth. A word that is loaded with meaning and laced with Maxi pads. Bringing a baby into this world is one of the most surreal experiences that life has to offer. It can also be one of the messiest. postpartum tips
Here are some tips and tricks for getting through the postpartum period:
I mean that with all of my heart. I remember what it felt like after giving birth for the first time. Suddenly, I needed a sanitary pad the size of my face and I was responsible for a living, breathing (not to mention oh so sweet smelling) human being. I was exhausted, terrified and in love. If that wasn’t enough, my vagina hurt and the hormonal rollercoaster that awaited me was no joke. postpartum tips
Remember, a lifetime of laundry and messes await you. Right now, you deserve extra TLC and a gold freakin’ medal.
Nourishing your body with a well-balanced diet is good for recovery and it will give you the energy boost you so desperately need. Having mindful and healthy snacks at your disposal is incredibly important because a leisurely meal might not be in your immediate future. Go ahead and snack on all the nuts, kale and fruit that you can handle but leave room for a little bit of soul food. Remember, you’re fuelling your body but you’re also feeding your inner superhero who just had a baby and it’s okay if she wants cookies. postpartum tips
Your job as a mama is to feed your baby. Bottle or boob, you should feed your baby with love and know that whatever your method, you are doing your baby right. When it comes to breastfeeding as a first-time mom, there is a major learning curve and it’s normal. Not only are you new to being a human food truck, you and your baby need time to get to know each other and figure things out. Breastfeeding should never be painful but it’s normal if it hurts sometimes (improper latch, sensitive nips) and it will take practice and patience before you are able to whip it out like a pro. postpartum tips
You don’t need to have had a baby to increase your water intake. Truth be told, we can all use a bit of more water in our diets. It helps flush out toxins, keeps skin healthy and hydrates ours bodacious bods. After childbirth, the best thing you can do is drink enough water and if you’re breastfeeding, welcome to the world of always being thirsty. postpartum tips
What did you do to help your postpartum recovery?