So, you’ve finally arrived home with baby, and you’re ready to settle in. Chances are you’ve stocked your home with diapers, pacies, and onesies – but now what? Postpartum life is filled with ups and downs, and new parents often neglect their own care. While devoting all your energy to your newborn, you may end up putting yourself last. Here’s why your care matters during the first 6-8 weeks after birth.
Your body has gone through a lot of changes over the past 9 months and now, it’s starting to return to its pre-pregnant state. Giving birth is a huge physical undertaking and your body needs time to rest and recuperate. This is especially important during the first two weeks, when getting out of bed and walking around may be difficult. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, you’ll want to use this time to bond with baby, and it’s much easier to be present when you’re rested. Leave those dishes in the sink, ignore that email at the top of your inbox — these things can wait.
Speaking of rest…
Newborns typically wake up frequently to eat, which means for the first few months postpartum, you probably won’t be logging a regular 7-9 hours of sleep. Try your best not to overexert yourself. In the first few weeks, try to sleep when possible and let other people help you out around the house. Your main focus should be making sure baby is well-fed and rested, and that you’re getting some shut-eye when you can.
In addition to good rest, your body needs the proper fuel to recover. Many new parents are so tired in the beginning that they forget to eat properly. Taking time to eat when you’re hungry will make all the difference in your postpartum recovery.
Keep some quick and easy bites on hand so that you can snack throughout the day and munch on something whenever those hunger pangs strike. And, if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be using more energy than you did when pregnant, and need to eat enough to sustain that. Remember — you’re not you when you’re hangry! A bit of fuel can go a long way.
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Check in with your mental health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so check in with yourself. It’s normal to experience mood swings, anxiety, and intense emotions after giving birth, so give yourself some space to process your feelings. While you’re 100% committed to taking care of your newborn, your own mental health may get pushed aside.
Remember to do things that make you feel good, like taking a warm shower or eating your favorite meal. And, be sure to ask for help when you have too much on your plate. You don’t have to do this alone.
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As you put your newborn’s needs ahead of your own, try to remember that your self-care matters too. Sometimes, self-care is as simple as washing your face or watching a comforting TV show. Add Mommy’s Bliss postnatal supplements to your self-care routine. Their Lift My Mood and Reset My Body supplements are made with restorative ingredients that help reduce feelings of normal postpartum stress and let you recharge postpartum.*
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