You have just spent the best part of nearly a year growing and forming a tiny little human. You grew a whole human?!!
Pregnancy will bring about a wild amount of changes to accommodate growing your baby, and also to nurture your baby once he/she has arrived.
Stretch marks, acne, scars, loose skin. You name it.
Accepting your postpartum changes will be your first step to a healthy recovery.
Flip Your Thoughts
Instead of thinking of all the things you dislike look in the mirror and point out all the things you do like. The things that make you happy about yourself. Focus on what your body can do and what it is achieving rather what it is looking like. You are somebody’s favourite person, to your baby you are magical.
It’s Not Forever
It has taken your body 9 months to grow your baby accompanying all these changes. Accept that it may take this long/even longer for things to go back. Your hormones will begin to balance out so all these skin issues, temperature regulating problems will soon fade away.
Banish Bad Self Talk
Start talking about all the good things your body can do. If you are finding you are looking too negatively try and turn them in to positives. Your stretch marks was a growing home, your enlarged boobs are feeding your child. Write things down if this helps.
Focus On Yourself
Every now and again try and tune out of the pressures and focus on something that benefits you. Go and have a snack in peace, have a bath. Don’t be rushing around, you need to take things slow whilst you recover. Remember you are the best when you are relaxed and calm. Happy mum means a happy baby.
Look at all the things you see as flaws and be grateful for what they are doing. Bigger arms? They are helping you lift your child. Bigger boobs? They are feeding your child. Bigger thighs? Those retained fatty acids from pregnancy are developing your baby’s brain.
Taking time out to focus on yourself will help your recovery through the Fourth Trimester and will help you accept all the changes that are happening
Self Care Ideas
Get yourself to some playgroups or parent meet ups. A lot of people find them daunting at first but I can’t tell you how good they are for connecting with other Mummy’s that are going through the same stage in life.
Get Out And About
Fresh air does the world of good. Going on a little walk will help freshen you up and help you get motivated. It will also help with sleep deprivation if you are struggling with it!
Whether it is getting your hair done, your nails done, going for a massage or just going for a potter around the shops. Take some time for yourself it will help you feel so much better.
Establish A Routine
Some people are not fans of routines but in my opinion a routine is super helpful in maintaining your sanity. If you have a routine it will help you prepare for your days, you will know what needs to be worked around and when. Find a routine that works for you and your family and stick to it. Everybody will benefit from it.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how you do self care, or if you have faced any struggles during your postpartum period!