5 of the Best Postpartum Recovery Tips
Having a baby is beautiful, and it'll bring immeasurable amounts of joy into your life. But it isn't always a walk in the park. You won't come home from the hospital and return seamlessly to normal life, feeling as good as you did pre-pregnancy. You just had a human come out of you, and your body will likely react as such. Plus, you'll have a baby waking up in the middle of the night wanting to be fed, which won't bode well for your sleep schedule.
However, there are ways to make postpartum recovery less arduous. Following these tips will help make you a happier mama, allowing you to enjoy and appreciate all the wonders that come with being a new parent.
1. Sleep as Much as Possible
Again, you probably won't be sleeping through the night with your new baby. But after childbirth your body has been through a taxing process, and one of the most important things to do to heal is sleep. This means napping when your baby naps, and letting your partner, other family members, or friends cook for you, clean for you, or change your baby's diaper so you can get a little extra shut eye when you can. Because you'll likely be the one waking up in the middle of the night to feed your child, take advantage of the sleep you can get during the day.
2. Practice Good Hygiene
It'll be hard to not want to fall into bed every night without washing your face or brushing your teeth after spending an exhausting day caring for your baby. But it's important to practice proper hygiene to keep yourself feeling fresh and healthy. Make sure to set aside time each night to shower, brush and floss your teeth, and do your skincare and lip repair routines. It might feel like a lot of effort in the moment, but good hygiene will make you feel clean and ready to take on the day when you wake up the next morning.
3. Eat Well
Now that you're no longer able to blame eating tubs of ice cream and pasta on pregnancy cravings, it's time to make sure you're getting those fruits and veggies. Eating healthy has important healing powers for your body and will provide the fuel you need to be an energized new mom. Make sure that your dinner plate is colorful and that you're eating nutrient-packed snacks throughout the day--all while drinking lots of water. The better you eat, the better you'll feel.
4. Move Your Body
Your body definitely needs rest after you've just birthed a tiny human. However, you shouldn't use rest and recovery as an excuse to be lazy and still all of the time. Your body needs postpartum exercise in order to heal. Of course, you shouldn't try to run twenty miles or jump back into a heavy weightlifting routine a few days after delivery, but a walk around the neighborhood or a light jog will do you good. Not only will your body feel stronger, but will it give you a short mental break from mom life. Just make sure somebody else is home and watching the baby.
5. Let Yourself Cry
It's critical to remember that being a good mom doesn't mean being happy all of the time or breezing through everything easily. New motherhood has its fair share of difficulties, and you need to give yourself space to be imperfect. Having a good cry every now and again is therapeutic; it can help release stress and clear your head. Letting yourself feel your emotions is not a sign of weakness, but rather an important step in postpartum recovery.
Motherhood is beautiful, wonderful, and magical, but it can be hard on your body and mind. Postpartum recovery is an important step in starting your journey as a new mom, and it's important to prioritize your healing process--it will benefit both you and your baby.