11 After Pregnancy Care Tips

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Hey, Woman Warrior, you are absolutely incredible. We know that you are still in complete awe at what your body just did. It’s crazy to wrap your head around it, but you did it, and now you are on the road to recovery.

Mending and caring for your body postpartum is very important. Yeah, we know you are putting your little munchkin’s needs above all else, but don’t forget about your own health and recovery. It’s very important to care for yourself, and we’re here to share some of our top tips.

1. Forget about the house. First and foremost, replace all the energy that you put into keeping the house spotless with energy to take care of you and the baby. That is your #1 focus from here on out. If it makes you feel better, consider hiring a cleaning service. If not, no biggie. Just know that no one will judge you for some misplaced items – it is not a priority!

2. Get sleep – lots of sleep. The moment your cutie is passed out, hit the sheets. Over time, your body will catch-up and you will be much more awake and alert. Better for both you and the baby, so be sure to get those zzz’s.

3. Care for “down there.” It’s like a warzone down there right now, and it requires some TLC. Use ice packs, chilled witch hazel pads, etc. It will heal up before you know it, but be careful until then is important.

4. Bathe normally. If you bathe once a day or every other day, stick with it. It may seem tough, but it will make you feel awake and confident. Just refrain from any oils, bubble baths, or scented add-ins.

5. Visit your doctor for a follow-up. If you deliver vaginally, visit your doctor about 6-weeks postpartum. If you had a c-section, make an appointment for two weeks after delivery.

6. Do everything with your baby. From laundry to some yoga in front of the television. They love to be near you, and you’ll love it, too.

7. Get out of the house. You’ll go stir-crazy if you do not get some fresh air. Make it a point to spend some time outside every time, even if that means sitting on the front steps with your baby.

8. Maintain healthy eating habits. It may be easy to turn to junk food when you are so busy and tired all the time, but it is important to keep up with a good eating routine. If need be, turn to healthy take-out. Or cook in bulk and freeze a huge pot of veggie soup – it’s a great go-to!

9. Breastfeed. If this is possible for you, do it. It is good for the baby, good for bonding, and will help you lose the baby weight faster.

10. Start moving. As soon as your doctor clears you for some light exercising, get to it. Even a quick walk around the neighborhood will be good for your healing body.

11. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is essential, especially when it comes to losing baby weight and keeping your skin healthy. Aim for at least 8 glasses per day.

Do you have any advice that we may have missed? Please share with us and all postpartum mamas in the comments below.

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