“When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” – Solange Knowles
Pregnancy is an awesome thing. It’s amazing what your body can do. Create and grow life – whoa!
Still, this beautiful pregnancy journey can take a toll on us, mentally and physically. It’s so important to remember yourself and give yourself grace after pregnancy. Trust – it’s easier said than done but it can be done.
Here are a few tips to help restore your energy after pregnancy:1. Start with mindful mornings. It’s the effort that counts. Set the stage for the day and reserve 5 – 10 minutes for yourself. You can use this time to meditate, journal, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee or tea without interruption. The aim is to make time for yourself at the very start of the day, as we all know we cannot pour from an empty cup. Use the time to refuel and refocus.
2. Go hard on hydration. Water, smoothies, juices! Drink up all the liquids that you love. This is especially important for breastfeeding mamas. At the start of your day, grab 1 – 3 cups of liquids and place them in the room that you'll be in, or near your care/pumping station(s) so that you always have a beverage handy. Your body requires it. Don't go hours without hydrating.
3. Take a break. Motherhood will have you spinning. Slow down. Challenge yourself to be in the moment. Take as many breaks or pauses as you need them to reset.
4. Ask for help. Self-awareness in postpartum is key. Learn to understand your limitations - physically, mentally, and everything in between. Whether it’s getting help with house chores, assistance with feedings or diaper changes, or meal prepping, you do not have to do it all. It truly takes a village. Identify your support team and ask for help unapologetically. Delegate when possible. Allow people to lighten your load.
5. Get a massage. Whether you feel like it or not, your body has just performed a miracle. The right massage at the right time will be a full blessing to your body. Let the massage therapist know that you recently had a little one so they can pay extra attention to those special areas that may become problem areas (i.e., thumb joints/inner wrist, shoulders, back, etc.) in the coming weeks.
6. Have girl time. Girl time is always a good time and always needed. It’s a time to catch up and kiki with your closest girls about all the things. Eat delicious food. Have a cocktail. Laugh until you cry. Even dance the night away if the spirit moves you.
7. Catch a nap or two. We will not tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps. Instead, we will encourage you to listen to your body. When you need rest, rest. There are several benefits to a good nap. “Mom brain” is a real thing, and a little nap can be the boost you need to refocus and recenter yourself during a busy or demanding daily schedule.
Motherhood is a good thing. There are a lot of emotions, tasks, and needs that require your attention for the well-being of your newborn. Yet, we still must remember to prioritize and give ourselves grace. When we take care of ourselves, we are ultimately taking care of our baby.
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