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This week we will be focusing on the topic of Recovering from Childbirth. Whether you have a unmedicated, natural or cesarean birth, your body has just undergone an incredible journey. Taking the time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth all while adjusting to your new life and bonding with your new precious little one is very important. Whether you are a first-time mom or you are preparing to welcome another bundle of joy into your home, these insights into the best ways to recover from childbirth will come in very handy!
Melody Fischer | dosMommas
My recovery from my C-Section was one of the hardest things that I have ever been through, but I got through it and so can you. The recovery is very painful. It will take all of your strength and energy just to stand up straight those first few days. But you will, I promise. You will think that you’ll never be able to ween yourself off those pain-killers. But you will, I promise. Your incision may start to leak and you’ll think that you will never fully heal. But you will, I promise. You won’t think that you’ll ever be able to hold your baby without it being painful. But you will, I promise. Your incision will heal. Your baby will still be perfect. And you will be the mother that you always wanted to be.
Tiffany Houseman | The Wholesome Housewife
#1 Take a break!
Let your midwife bring you food as you get to know your new baby. Let your mother-in-law wash your dishes. Let hubby do the diaper changes. Let your body lay around and recover. Quit trying to get up and clean your kitchen.
#2 Take lots of baths
My midwife provided herbal ‘tea’ that hubby ‘stewed’ in a big pot then poured into bath water for me. You can find postpartum teas online or just soak in plain Epsom salts. Add a few drops of a favorite essential oil and relax away.
#3 Take your mind off the pain
After my first, I was in pain from tearing, had extremely painful nursing (baby had tongue/lip ties), and was sore from 2.5 hours of pushing. We spent a lot of time watching movies, laying in bed together and getting to know the new baby.
#4 Remember this is only a season
Recovery can be trying. But just as baby is growing up fast, this time will go by fast. I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years since my first baby (and recovery). It feels long, and hard, in the moment, but Mama hang in there. You’ll be better soon!
Jasmine Austin | Love Live Laugh Motherhood
The postpartum phase can be a difficult transition. Here are a few tips to help you ease into motherhood, focusing on your own self-care! The first, as much as you hate it-accept help. If someone wants to help you run a load of laundry or take the baby so you can rest, accept it! It may not come often, and it might even taper off. But you’ll need every opportunity you can get to take some time off.
Secondly, take care of your health! Just as during pregnancy, you still need to maintain a healthy diet. Not just for you, but for your tiny baby! Keep up with vitamins and always hydrate! Lastly, and sometimes the most difficult; don’t worry about your Mom bod! Your postpartum phase is meant to adjust to a new baby, and you’re going to be busy enough with that. Stressing about baby weight and stretch marks isn’t going to help that. Focus on that new tiny human-everything else will fall into place.
Ashleigh Wilson | The Crispy Mama
As a first time Mama, I had no idea what to expect when it came to childbirth and recovery, so it took some trial and error to figure out what worked. First and foremost, sleep should be your number one focus. Sleep is king and it will be hard to come by, so get it when you can. Sleep when the baby sleeps (even though the dishes and laundry are probably piling up). Without some amount of sleep, your mind won’t be able to handle the amount of stress that you’re guaranteed to be under. Be kind to yourself. This is all new, and you are doing the best that you can. Even the most experienced Mamas have moments of self-doubt.
Once you’ve caught a few hours of sleep, you can focus on healing your body. Take several (seriously, three or four) hot baths, every single day. This will speed your recovery up immensely. I used my baby’s soap during this time since I knew that it would be gentler than my usual heavily scented body wash. The hospital will provide you with these incredibly sexy mesh underwear and maxi pads, but I chose to buy some even sexier adult diapers instead. If your bleeding is heavy (and it probably will be) this is so much more effective and comfortable. Once your bleeding lightens up, you can upgrade to the ultra-luxurious mesh underwear. You’ll want to get stool softeners and take them every day, whether you think you need them or not, because I guarantee that you do. Keep your clothing loose and breathable (think, cotton pajamas). Lastly, DRINK WATER. The first few weeks after delivery are really a blur and some days it will be dark outside before you brush your teeth, but you have got to stay hydrated. Listen to your body. If anything doesn’t seem right, you should absolutely consult your doctor. The worst that can happen is they will tell you that you have nothing to worry about. Don’t forget to enjoy your babies, Mamas! They are only little for a little while! Click here to read more about some of the weird things that happen after childbirth.
Katie Mac | From North to South
Accept the help.
Take this scenario; you just had major surgery and you’ve been put on bed rest to recover. Your friends stop by with food. They offer to help you clean. They offer to pick up your groceries. You graciously accept all these things and think what wonderful friends you have.
I’ve never had surgery, but I’ve had three kids – take the damn help. I see nothing different between the two. Swallow your pride, people are not visiting to see how clean your house is, how many pre-made meals you have in the freezer, or even to see you (sorry it’s true). They want to come over to help you because they love you and more importantly get baby snuggles. Take their help, let them clean your kitchen and take out the trash. Watch the baby while you take a nap. Enjoy the fact that you have picked some amazing people to have as a part of your life.
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