Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care Postpartum (or Anytime!)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If I'm being completely honest, pregnancy and giving birth were a walk in the park compared to my recovery after having Kensington (Okay, the giving birth part wasn't exactly fun either, but for me the pregnancy part really was).

I haven't had a chance to finish her birth story yet, but long story short I lost about half of my red blood cell count from a tear during labor. For the weeks following, this left me feeling light headed if I stood up for too long. I wasn't allowed to take a bath or a shower that was too hot. I was afraid to walk while I was holding Kenzie because I was terrified of fainting and dropping her. I cried, a lot and I was so, so tired all of the time. I felt myself experiencing symptoms of the baby blues.

Overall, I felt awful and I wasn't being kind to my body.

At six weeks postpartum I'm happy to say that I'm feeling completely back to myself. It took some time and a lot of grace to get where I am right now. If I've learned anything over the past few weeks, it's the importance of being patient with yourself and of course showing yourself some love.

Here are a few self-care practices I did (and still do) so I could keep myself feeling happy and healthy.

Take a bubble bath. I cannot stress the magical healing powers of a bubble bath enough. As I mentioned, I wasn't allowed to take any kind of hot shower or bath until I got my hemoglobin levels back up and it was torture. Now, I take one every single day and just those 15 minutes work wonders for my day.

Get dressed every day. It's so easy when you aren't feeling like yourself to stay in your sweats all day. But when you look good, you feel better and just taking a few extra seconds to put on a pair of jeans and a top you like will improve your mood.

Ask for help. I couldn't be more grateful to Daniel and my parents for all of the help they gave me when I needed it the most. When I reached my limits they were there to pick up the slack and the greatest self-care I could give myself was to be fair to my body and acknowledge those limits.

Eat Well. Or eat what you like to eat. You'll feel more energetic and better overall if you put good food into your body.

Hydrate. Drink all the water. This one is pretty self explanatory.

Splurge on something for yourself. Yes, babies cost money and you may not have a ton of extra. But buy yourself something, anything. Because especially after you've done something amazing like giving birth to your own little human, you deserve to treat yo self. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Read some positive quotes. I'm a big believer in the healing power of positive mantras. Pick a few of your favorite quotes and read them to yourself every day until you believe them.

Give yourself grace. Be patient with yourself and your body. If you're working through a tough time just remember that you've done, and are doing amazing things. Your body and mind may need time to heal, so be graceful through that time and you'll eventually start feeling more like your old self.

What do you do to practice self-care? 

2 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic post and so important for moms-to-be to read so that they know they're not alone if/when they go through a rough first month. Whether it's true postpartum depression or other medical issues following delivery (like you), there are so many factors that make those first few weeks truly wild. I'm so glad you're doing better. <3 Wonderful tips!!

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  2. Yes!!! I love this post. The biggest thing for me was getting dressed everyday and putting even a small amount of makeup on. It really made all the difference for me.

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