6 Postpartum Self-Care Tips
Congratulations! You’re officially a momma to a sweet little baby. You’ve spent the last 9 months trying to prepare for the moment your bundle of joy would arrive, but now that it’s here, you may be feeling low, down or simply not yourself.
First of all, don’t fret! These postpartum feelings are extremely common and just about every new mom will feel a new set of emotions that they didn’t expect. No matter how you are feeling, though, it’s especially important that you practice postpartum self-care from the moment you bring your baby home. Here are six postpartum self-care tips to get you through.
Postpartum Self-Care Tips
1. Let Yourself Be in the Moment
It can be very easy to quickly feel like you are missing out on “normal” life. When baby is born, it’s nearly impossible to see your friends and family, let alone leave your house. And that feeling of being left out of your life can make you feel extremely lonely and sad. Instead, remind yourself that this moment is fleeting, and while you will soon be back to your normal life, the time spent with your newborn (sleepless nights and stressful days included!) will be moments you will never get back.
2. Join a Facebook Group
Sometimes all we need to feel better is to feel heard and understood. When you’re unable to get out and spend time with your friends and family, connecting with like-minded people online is a great second option. Do your research and find one that works for you, as there are many different types of new mom Facebook groups for those with different ideals. You can use this group to ask questions about new mom life, bond with those going through the same thing as you, or to simply read what others have to say and not feel so alone.
3. Get Dressed as Often as You Can
When you have no sleep and no place to go, it can be hard to motivate yourself to put on anything other than your pajamas. But getting dressed is a great way to feel good about yourself and lift your spirits. In the beginning, set a goal to get dressed at least two or three times a week—and make it simple. Blow out your hair or put on some simple makeup, or simply put on a pair of stylish joggers rather than your usual pajama bottoms. You may not see a soul that day besides your newborn, but it can really do wonders for your inner self.
4. Treat Yourself
Now is the time to be selfish! Being a new mom is hard work, and you deserve to be rewarded for all you do each and every day. For me, I always treat myself with an iced coffee from Starbucks when I complete a task or feel I’ve done something to deserve a treat. Surviving each day for a new mom is a major task, so pick something you love and let yourself have it whenever you need a pick-me-up or a little postpartum self-care.
5. Create a Routine
This may be easier said than done, but having a daily routine in place and following it as best you can is a great way to feel like you are getting back to normal. Try to wake up and go to sleep around the same time every day, and schedule even mundane things like washing the dishes and having lunch. It may even help to buy a pretty notebook or planner and write your schedule down—it’s much easier to follow a routine when it’s written down in front of you! If you are trying to create a sleep schedule for your baby, this will help with that too.
6. Schedule “You” Time
This may be our last tip, but it is probably the most important one. A new baby needs all of you, all the time, and the pressure can be overwhelming and really get new moms feeling down. Once a week, or as much as you can, try to schedule some time for yourself. If you have someone who can watch the baby for an hour, go get your nails done or take a walk around your neighborhood. If you don’t have someone who can watch your little, or you are afraid to leave, consider doing some light exercise like yoga or watching your favorite show while the baby takes her afternoon nap. Whatever you can do, just don’t forget about yourself during this wonderful, yet sometimes daunting, new time!