The birth of a baby is also the birth of a mother, and the postpartum period brings unique challenges, as there is intense bodily healing and significant adjustments. Some of the challenges of the postpartum period are less about the new human you’re responsible for and more about how you’re going to heal while taking care of a brand-new baby.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders, as they are unique to your circumstances. But if you’re looking to self-manage and encourage the best healing, here are some essential postpartum recovery tips every mom should know.
Rest, Rest, Rest
A saying floating around in the mom world encourages you to sleep when the baby sleeps. And while many will say that’s impossible and dream on, find a way to adhere to this snippet. The first few weeks of postpartum involve some of the most challenging transitions you’ll make, and your baby truly will sleep a lot.
Even if you can get one nap in with your bub during the day, that’s better than no nap at all. The dishes can wait, the laundry can wait, and you will heal better with rest.
Epsom Salt Baths
Regardless of birthing methods, an Epsom salt bath is soothing to the body after any major event. These are excellent for allowing your body to relax and reducing some new-mom stressors.
Employ the help of a family member or close friend if that makes you more comfortable, and take an hour to soak in hot water in peace. This can be especially helpful if you want to combat postpartum depression or anxiety.
It could sound counterproductive to encourage rest and movement in the same breath. But mindful movement is also healthy. When you want to accomplish things and don’t feel rest is necessary, be mindful of your chosen activities.
Walking the stroller and stretching can circulate blood flow and promote healing. It’s also common to wear a waist trainer during the postpartum period. One of the most surprising benefits is their ability to support the core after childbirth.
A Peri Bottle
Another essential postpartum recovery tip every mom should know is the magic of the peri bottle. Keep one handy in your bathroom—it will become your new favorite thing, as it allows you to wash after each bathroom break. It can help you maintain cleanliness and promotes healing much faster than skipping the rinse and risking infection.
Hydration is critical! Just like during pregnancy, steady hydration will promote healing within the body as your organs relocate to their original homes and your hormones begin to find a new balance. If your body has the support of simply enough water, things move a lot faster and with more ease.