Introducing the Happy Postpartum Series
When I first had Fred I was totally unprepared for how I would feel after birth. I figured I'd be a little uncomfortable, that breastfeeding would probably happen and vaguely knew the signs for postpartum depression - surely that was all I'd need to know?! Turns out I was totally wrong, which made me feel overwhelmed and at times, totally useless. So, I am going to start a series on this blog all about the postpartum period. I'll write a little about how to take care of baby but mainly, I want to talk about how to take care of YOU.
Self-care has become a bit of a buzz word recently and yet I don't think there is enough emphasis on self-care and recuperation when it comes to the post-partum period. So let's change that.
First things first, the basics. After birth (and beyond!) treat yourself as you would treat your child. Be kind. Speak to yourself gently and calmly - don't tease, belittle or chastise. Feed yourself with good, nourishing food regularly. Give yourself time to be out in the fresh air. Make your bed cosy and comfortable. Take regular naps and warm bubbly baths. As my very wise Mother often reminds me, you cannot pour from an empty cup!
Photograph by Nadia Maria (from Pinterest)