After giving birth, a woman’s body goes through an immense physical, emotional and hormonal transformation. It’s important to acknowledge this monumental change and allow your body time to heal and adjust. In order to fully recover from childbirth, focus on these five postpartum wellness tips.
Rest: Getting the right amount of rest, both during the day and night, helps to recharge your system and keep your mental health balanced. If you’re struggling to nap during the day, make sure you turn in for the night as early as possible and ask your partner or family members to help share nighttime parenting duties.
Rehydrate: When breastfeeding, a woman needs to drink lots of fluids; however, even if you’re not breastfeeding, hydration is important to stay optimally healthy after giving birth. Consider keeping a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day to remind yourself to take sips regularly.
Eat Healthy: Eating healthily can help you bounce back more quickly after giving birth. A nutritious diet will give you the energy you need to juggle all your new responsibilities. Try to incorporate a variety of whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates into your meals.
Exercise: Many doctors recommend gentle exercise to help kickstart your postpartum recovery, including walking, swimming, and prenatal fitness classes. Regular movement helps strengthen abdominal muscles, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Before exercising, make sure to get the approval of your doctor.
Support System: Having a strong support system is key to postpartum recovery. Lean on friends, family, and your partner to take on some of the workload, so you can focus on getting comfortable in your new role as a mom. Don’t forget to pamper yourself every now and then; a massage, manicure or spa treatment can do wonders for your mental health.
Focusing on recovery and nourishment after childbirth is essential to postpartum wellness. Taking the time to look after yourself allows you to thrive in your new role as a parent.