How Do You Have Time for Self-Care When You Are Postpartum?
As a new mom everyone throws out the word “self-care”, but how is that even possible when you are exhausted?
Here are 5 tips for postpartum self-care
1. Create a comfort bin wherever you nurse the most
This is a game changer! It’s a box of happiness just for YOU! When you have to get up at 4am to nurse, you deserve to treat yourself to joy. Fill your bin with soft slippers, your favorite treats, lip balm, flavored waters, boob balm, or whatever makes you happy. Keep it next to your rocking chair and treat yourself often!
2. Get your bathroom ready with postpartum products, pads, and an essential oil diffuser
You might not think of the bathroom as a relaxing oasis, but it is such a crucial space for you and the care of your postpartum body. You might as well use that time to take small moments of self-care! Put a couple drops of calming lavender in your diffuser, and set out an all-natural Perineal spray to ease inflammation and encourage faster wound healing. Take a look at ours here.
3. Order some comfy outfits that you still feel pretty in
Something as simple as a cute outfit can lift your spirits on the days you are sleep deprived, but of course make sure they are something comfortable that you can relax and sleep in.
4. Plan weekly brunch dates with yourself while someone watches the baby
Now that you have a baby, never having a moment to yourself can be exhausting. Don’t be afraid to ask someone in your support system to come over every once in a while, to watch the baby for an hour or two so that you can enjoy brunch or a snack on your own. You don’t have to leave the house, your back porch will do.
5. Have a comfortable area where you can sit outside with your baby
Speaking of your back porch, having a comfortable spot outside to sit with or nurse your baby can do your mental health wonders. Being stuck inside the house can get you down quickly, but feeling the breeze and breathing in the fresh air can help clear your mind. It is wonderful for the baby as well!
Self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant, but little moments of self-adoration can amount to so much over time. At Lavender Meadows Co., we believe that a mother’s care should never be an afterthought, that counts for the newly postpartum mom as well! Save this in your tabs for later!
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!