You’ve waited many months for this time to come. The stages of carrying and nurturing your baby inside of you, and then bringing them earth-side have been accomplished. You now have life in your arms to watch over in very different ways than before. Now that they are here, the attention you paid to yourself has probably faded. You may start to realize you are increasingly overlooking yourself. When you feel you need some time alone or need to pay your mind and body some attention, be kind to yourself and give into your needs. Self-care is not selfish.
The simultaneous processes that mothers go through during the postpartum stage can be demanding. Mental, physical, and emotional challenges and recovery can sneak up and last longer than they are expected to. Seek routines that work for you, find little daily rewards that encourage you, and determine what exactly self-care means to you.
More great ideas for postpartum self-care can be found here.
Post by Andie Wise
Photo by Jenna Norman on Unsplash
Miranda is a birth and postpartum doula serving the central Oklahoma area.