Taking care of yourself will play a big part in your postpartum experience.
If you are worn down and miserable, you’re going to struggle to find joy in your everyday experiences.
Taking care of yourself is absolutely vital and one of the very best things you can do for your new baby.
Here are my tips for how to take care of yourself during the postpartum and newborn stages.
#1 MEAL PLAN
I have been meal planning for years and I can tell you that every single time I get lazy with it, our eating habits turn nasty.
Setting up a meal plan is actually super simple and will make life so much easier when you have a newborn.
You’re going to need as much on autopilot as possible, so being able to just look at your calendar and have it tell you what is for dinner that night is something you seriously want to consider.
#2 HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS
It is difficult to sit down and have an uninterrupted meal when you’re a new mom (or just a mom in general).
Having healthy snacks around is going to be a big help when it comes to keeping your nutrition levels up.
This is obviously especially important if you’re breastfeeding as what and how much you eat is going to directly impact your breastmilk production.
Look on Pinterest for some snack ideas for moms and I bet you’ll find a ton to save and refer to later.
#3 REST AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
When you become a mother there is a never-ending battle in your mind between the want to sleep and the want for some time alone.
I get it. I really do.
However, the newborn phase and sleep deprivation are for such a short time. Before you know it your baby will be in a solid routine and giving you a full night of sleep again.
Getting a healthy amount of rest is not only healthy for you but will, in turn, allow you to be a better mother to your child.
When my babies are in that newborn phase I try to make it to bed by 9 pm at the latest.
My husband was a gem and would give them a dream feed so that I could get a good 4-5 hour stretch in before they needed me again.
Once my babies were sleeping through from the dream feed till morning (which was around 9-10 weeks for both), I would then allow myself to stay up a bit later.
#4 STAY ACTIVE
In contrast to resting is the importance of staying active.
I’m sharing this tip with a word of caution. Do not try and be super active too soon.
I know that for me, a simple trip into town to pick up a couple of basic things was enough to tire me out at the beginning.
Take your time to ease back into being active, but do try to work towards that goal.
Getting outside and taking a short walk with your baby will do you a whole lot of good!
It was often my go-to when my newborns just wouldn’t settle and I had tried everything else.
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