Take Care of your Postpartum Body
After I had my son, I expected the feelings portrayed in countless Instagram photos. Contentment, wonder, and pure joy. When I didn’t feel those emotions, I worried that something was wrong with me.
The exhaustion and discomfort seemed to overpower one of the most important moments of my life.
Instead of realizing that my body needed care, I neglected it further by pushing my own needs aside as I focused solely on the needs of my new son.
I felt pressure to be strong and to push through my misery because “that's what moms do.”
Even when I had Cracked nipples, sore boobs, stretch marks, achy muscles, and fire from down south. I was physically drained, and emotionally depleted. I didn’t recognize my body. I didn’t feel like myself.
I wanted to escape this new life that I had eagerly anticipated over the last 9 months.
The products from the hospital provided minimal relief and I was made to feel like the experience was just something to endure.
This experience did not sit right.
A new baby is not easy but it does not have to come at the cost of your physical well-being.
I want to challenge this societal expectation by shifting some emphasis back to the mom and her needs during one of the most challenging experiences a woman can go through.
I want to do this by providing moms with the products they need to heal, find comfort, and feel beautiful during the postpartum period.
It’s kind of funny to think about how we all have a “baby” shower and a “baby” registry, everything is focused solely on the baby and not many people give gifts or support for the mother’s health and well-being.
It is important that you plan for your time of recovery and rest. My goal is to provide prenatal and postpartum skin essentials so that moms feel seen and cared for.
That’s why I have created the Postpartum Care Package! This package is filled with pregnancy safe and baby safe items that puts a mother’s healing and overall well-being first. In our next blog post, I will go into more detail of what exactly is in the package, as well as ingredient highlights. In the meantime, take a look at the Postpartum Care Package HERE.
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!