Becoming a mother is truly a life-changing experience, but there’s no denying that it takes a massive toll on you mentally and physically. While, understandably, the main focus of attention is on your precious bundle of joy, it’s important to not forget about what you have gone through and your recovery. Taking a holistic approach towards your recovery is a wonderful way to address your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. And let’s be clear, you deserve ALL the support.
Perhaps most obviously, your body will experience many physical changes and challenges after childbirth. Some of these include uterine contractions, sensitive breasts, fluctuating hormones, pain and soreness, and fatigue. Remember that postpartum recovery is a highly individualized process and some mothers may experience these changes and challenges more intensely than others. However, it is important for ALL new mothers to try to rest (when possible) and put an emphasis on proper nutrition to aid in your recovery.
Thankfully, today there is more awareness being raised about the emotional challenges that can accompany the postpartum period, such as baby blues and postpartum anxiety (PPA) or depression (PPD). Becoming a new mother can be difficult and sometimes you can experience the challenges of motherhood at a higher frequency. If you experience any of the symptoms of PPA or PPD, know that you are not alone and be sure to practice self-compassion. Reach out to your healthcare provider to learn about ways you can seek emotional support. Some treatment options that might benefit your emotional well-being include counseling, support groups, yoga, exercise, and meditation.
Nutrition also plays a critical role in postpartum recovery. You can help heal your body with a nutrient-dense diet full of complex carbs, fiber, healthy fats and protein, plus plenty of hydration. Creating a healthy postpartum eating plan can help avoid bone loss, replenish your iron stores, promote milk production, and much more.
Self-Care & Support System
Although it may sometimes feel impossible, there is so much power in self-care during the postpartum period. Taking care of yourself, even in little ways, can refresh and reset your mindset. Just because you’ve become a mother doesn’t mean that your needs don’t matter anymore. Try meditation, gentle exercise, or aromatherapy!
Another priority should be building a strong support network. Partners, family, and friends can provide emotional and practical support during what can be a challenging time. Your loved ones likely want to support you in any way they can, so communicate what you actually need so that they can help the best way possible.
You’ve Got This
There isn’t one set way to go through your postpartum recovery, but incorporating a holistic approach can be very beneficial for new mothers. Also be sure to seek any additional support when needed.
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Hi I'm Angela
I am a Certified Health Coach and the founder of Bee Healthy Coaching. As a mom of 4 and step mom of 3, it is my mission to provide you with the tools, resources, and encouragement needed to overcome obstacles, find balance, and thrive.