One thing nobody tells you about becoming a mom is how rough postpartum recovery from childbirth can really be. In this post, I’ll share some postpartum recovery tips for first time moms to help you get through those first weeks!
Are you taking your postpartum recovery as serious as you should be?
I see many mamas everyday – rushing the recovery process. You just did an incredible thing by birthing another human out of your body! That is truly a miracle and a blessing, however your body needs time to recover. That takes a lot of stress and energy on your body.
Trust me when I say I know exactly how frustrating it can be to not be able to get up and go for a while. I always hate that recovery time. But it’s only temporary and you’ll be glad you took the time to recover, mama.
Below, I’ll be sharing some important postpartum recovery tips for all you first time moms.
Must read postpartum recovery tips
slow down and be patient, mama
As I previously mentioned, it’s very important you don’t rush things and take your time to recover. It’s super important that you slow down and be patient to allow your body the time it needs to heal. You just birthed a baby, afterall!
This means not rushing out of the house doing things after only a few days, trying to have sex after only a week, or completely ignoring your body’s cues to slow down. This will result in infections and other complications.
Not every woman needs the full 6 weeks of recovery time, but listen to your body. Slow down and be patient and allow it adequate time to heal.
make sure you take care of yourself, too
I know, you just had a baby and all your attention is on that precious new newborn you’re in love with, right?
Well mama, you should make sure to take care of yourself too. Take time for some self care, no matter how simple. It can be anything from reading your favorite book while the baby naps, giving baby to dad while you soak in a sitz bath, or even just sitting out in the sun while you enjoy a cup of your best coffee.
Self care doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive, it just needs to happen! Although nobody will blame you if you want to spend some time at a spa 😉
don’t be afraid to ask for help
The first weeks can be incredibly overwhelming and draining – especially when you’re new to this whole being a mom thing. Don’t ever feel like you need to tough it out all on your own. Ask for help when you need it!
Ask your mom to come help you with some chores while dad is at work, let dad know when you’re struggling and offer ways he can help you, or even connect with local mamas and see if they’ll setup a meal train for you. And PLEASE – if you are struggling with depression or anxiety, reach out to someone.
Make sure you’re getting the help you need. You don’t need to be afraid to ask – you don’t need to do this alone, mama.
set boundaries, even if loved ones don’t like them
Personally, I find this to be one of the important things after having a baby. Family and friends mean well… but they can lack some boundaries sometimes. This can lead to some very negative feelings by mama. That’s not good for anyone involved.
My best advice is to make sure you set boundaries from the beginning. Make them VERY clear and make it obvious you will not allow them to be overstepped. You have to do what’s best for you and your family.
I can’t tell you what boundaries to set as that is a very personal thing, but make sure you have them in place. You don’t have time or energy to let anyone make you uncomfortable!
You need to focus on you and that precious baby of yours, not be worrying about friends and family <3
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