I”ll be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical of the whole “postpartum” thing, but after becoming a mom, researching, and having my own experiences with it. It’s a real thing!
Postpartum for me is what I like to call “Mommy Blues” it hits you hard and fast like a bolt of lightening out of nowhere. One minute you are fine and the next your whole world is upside down. Imagine being in the kitchen, cooking dinner, and can’t decide whether or not you want to make pasta with linguine or fettuccine noodles. Like literally, you get so pissed off and began to cry because you don’t know what else to do. Meanwhile, your significant other walks in and looks at you like you’re crazy because they can’t begin to understand what you are going through. (Talk about insult to injury!)
Or how about this, you’re constantly beating yourself up because your body no longer looks the way it did before you got pregnant. Now you have flabby skin, stretch marks, split abs (diastasis recti), and you can’t seem to shake the extra pounds. Is that you? It was definitely me at one point.
The best thing you can do for yourself to help with postpartum is to love yourself like you have never loved before. Dig deep, search your soul, look in the mirror every day and tell you, that, you love you no matter what. You have to get past those negative thoughts and remember that you are incredibly amazing; you brought life into this world. (God bless you, us, if you’re like me and had a multiple birth.) The hardest thing after birth is falling in love with the new you!
Here are my top 5 tips for helping with postpartum….
- I speak daily affirmations to myself
- I do things that make me happy and uplift my spirits
- I exercise and have a balanced healthy diet
- I find support from other moms who know exactly what I’m going through
- I allow myself to go through my emotions, but not get stuck in them.