5 Ways I am Healing Postpartum

Wow, I can’t believe I am almost three weeks postpartum. I feel like this time has already flown by and it honestly sort of scares me haha. Only for the sense that it feels like I was walking into the hospital yesterday and if three weeks went by this fast, I am sure the next year will fly by, as well.

For today’s post I thought I would share a few ways I am attempting to heal my postpartum body. With Arabella I was pretty wrecked and it took me a very long time to get back to a semblance of self. In fact, I had to do a lot of work after Arabella in order to come back to a version of me, but it is because of a lot of the work I did with my first baby, that I learned many of the things with this one.

Each pregnancy is so different, but I thought I would share some of those things that I have learned help me heal mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The first thing is doing work for my pelvic floor. If you have been with me for a while you know that I did pelvic floor physical therapy following Arabella due to suffering severe back pain, however it was because of that back pain that I even learned what my pelvic floor was, how big of an impact it can make on my health, and how important it is to maintain it’s strength. As a result of this, I will definitely be going back to pelvic floor physical therapy once I am cleared at my six week appointment (I also went while I was pregnant), but in the mean time I wanted to begin working on my pelvic floor as much as I could. Enter Megan Roup’s Sculpt Society Postpartum Recovery. I use the app for this and there is a monthly few associated with it, but essentially you do small, very very low impact workout meant to help slowly rebuild this area.

The second thing I am doing is paying close attention to my mental health. With my daughter I suffered from postpartum anxiety and depression (which was most likely related to breastfeeding) that I ended up seeking counseling for. Through therapy I became super self aware of emotions and feelings, while also learning a lot of tools for navigating behaviors. Through this growth in emotional intelligence, I know how important it is for me to seek therapy again, if I experience any of those symptoms. I also just feel better equipped to handle a lot of the intrusive thoughts, fears, and anxieties that come with being postpartum and adding a child to your family. I am currently not doing anything super specific for this (but there are many things I know are helping), aside from just a mental check in. Once again, every pregnancy is different, and so far I have felt pretty good. I did have the “baby blues” initially when I got home (this lasted for about three days), but I kept strong awareness of this, had conversations with my husband about it, and used the tools I had learned previously to help me navigate through them each day. They fortunately went away, but your mental health is something so important to keep a strong pulse on when going through the fourth trimester.

Number three is not apologizing for being selfish and taking advantage of as much help I can get. Women are notorious for giving to everyone else except themselves and I am not different. I hate asking for help and truly have a very hard time when someone offers it. If you ask me what I need, I go blank. So this go round, I have tried to lean in to all the help, while also taking advantage of having the opportunity to be selfish. I know I need to heal and if that means taking a nap everyday or leaning on my husband a bit heavier during this time, then I am going to do it and not apologize for doing so. I know this is just a season and once I am back to some normalcy, I can begin to lean less and less on those around me. I truly think that through doing this, I have actually healed faster..

The fourth thing I have been doing is ensuring I am eating and drinking good quality and nutritious foods. For some reason I struggle with having an appetite postpartum, so I have to intentionally ensure I am eating meals and getting plenty of fluids. My husband helps a lot with this, by checking in to see if I have eaten, or preparing me food. In addition, while eating good food important for healing, it also makes a massive difference in my milk supply, as well.

Lastly, I am attempting to get as much sleep as I possibly can. I know this is easier said than done and women hear it all the time – “sleep while the baby sleeps” blah blah blah, but getting sleep makes such a big difference through this period. Nights can be SO hard, so I always try to stock up in the early morning by allowing my husband to give the baby a bottle so I can sleep longer. I also try to take a nap every day that someone is home with me. So for example, when my husband was on paternity leave, I attempted to take a nap every day. Moving forward I will do this on the weekends, while also attempting during the week too. Another way you can do this is by going to bed super early. Easton typically does a feed around 6 or 7, so another option to start bedtime then which allows you to get an additional couple of hours.

I know these things probably sound simple and straightforward, but I do think that they make a massive difference in recovery. We are giving so much of ourselves to our babies and everyone else around us, that I have found these things to be very helpful in keeping my spirits and energy up.

If you have any things that should be added or that I should incorporate, please let me know! I am alwayyyys open to more suggestions and ways I can better support myself through this process.

xoxo,

Melissa

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