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Are you currently in the throes of new parenthood? The fourth trimester (and really the whole first year) can be rollercoaster of emotions and transformation in every aspect of your life. We know how incredible and challenging it can be, balancing the joys and hurdles of caring for that new tiny human, without losing yourself. Here’s the thing, amidst all the changes, taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is key to navigating this season of life. So buckle up, we’re going to delve into the power of self-care and body positivity are at the heart of nurturing your postpartum self.
From midnight feedings to changing diapers and everything else that comes along with being a new parent, it’s easy to put yourself last on the list. But here’s a friendly reminder: you deserve to be taken care of, too.
This is where self-care comes in. Sometimes we categorize self-care as a luxury or a bonus, but it’s literally taking care of your self. It’s a vital part of your well-being. By carving out time for yourself, you recharge, reduce stress, and improve your overall mood and mental health. Self-care isn’t just bubble baths and face masks (though those are lovely, too). Self-care is a nourishing meal, a gentle exercise session, or carving out 15 minutes to yourself to do something you enjoy. Little acts of self-care can do wonders for your body and soul.
Self-care will evolve as well. What you may want and need now probably differs greatly from what you needed pre-pregnancy. And it will likely change over the next several months. Check in with yourself regularly and ask “what do I need in this moment?”
When it comes to physical self-care, it’s all about nourishing and tending to your body’s needs. This means prioritizing proper rest, enjoying nutritious meals, finding gentle ways to move your body, and yes, even taking a shower every now and again. Give yourself permission to listen to your body’s cues and offer it the love and attention it deserves.
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Those postpartum hormonal shifts and the adjustment to your new role as a parent can bring up a whirlwind of emotions, and that’s perfectly normal. The hormone shift postpartum is actually one of the most intense shifts a person can experience in their lifetime.
To navigate through it all, carve out some “me time,” find moments of solitude to reset and recharge, and seek support from your loved ones or even consider chatting with a professional counselor. Work with your support team to help you identify and take moments for yourself. In the early days of parenting, you may only have 5 minutes, and that’s okay. Remember even those brief moments are worthwhile. Practicing mindfulness, journaling, or engaging in activities that bring you joy can work wonders for your emotional well-being.
If you’re struggling mentally and emotionally postpartum, we highly recommend talking to a licensed medical professional. You can also check out this post for more information on the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression.
Your body has undergone miraculous changes to create and nurture life, and that’s something to be proud of! Instead of striving to meet society’s beauty standards, shift your focus to appreciating your body’s incredible strength and resilience. Surround yourself with body-positive messages, curate your social media feed with diverse representation of postpartum bodies, steer clear of comparisons, and embrace self-love and acceptance. You are unique, and your body tells a beautiful story.
Treat yourself with kindness, understanding, and empathy. Remember that your body has been through an incredible journey and needs time to heal and adjust. Nourish your body, listen to it’s cues, and use exercise to build strength and reconnect. Be patient with yourself, practice positive self-talk, challenge any negative thoughts that arise, and remind yourself of your amazing strength.
Building a supportive community is also crucial during the postpartum phase. Surround yourself with loved ones who uplift and support you. Seek connection with other new parents who are experiencing similar joys and challenges. Online communities and support groups that promote body positivity can be a safe space to share your journey, both the ups and the downs. If you’re looking for your community, check out the Badass Birthers Club
Prioritizing self-care and cultivating body positivity are vital for nurturing your postpartum self. Remember, you are deserving of love, care, and acceptance, regardless of societal expectations or how your body may have changed. By engaging in self-care practices, embracing body positivity, and building a supportive community, you can embark on a journey of self-love and self-discovery, allowing yourself to thrive during this transformative phase. Your well-being matters, and by nurturing yourself, you will be able to provide the best care for your little one and create a healthy foundation for your new family.
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