Crib put up and nursery pintrest-worthy decorated ---- check!
Car seat installed ---- check!
Baby Shower ---- check!
Baby supplies ---- check!
Birth plan ---- check!
Postpartum plan ---- wait...what?
Yes! A postpartum plan for moms.
For the past nine months you have been creating a new person - from the fingers and toes to their brain development! Often women start this process without an optimal foundation for nutrition, stress, sleep and movement. And it doesn't improve when the baby is on the outside and needs even more from you. Our culture puts so much emphasis on the importance of self-care during pregnancy - afterall you are eating for two, but after the baby is born all the focus on care goes to the newborn. Often moms are expected to navigate this new role as a mother - whether for the first time or the fifth - and increased responsibilities with little support.
Is it little wonder that so many women - an estimated 50%! - are thought to experience postnatal depletion and feel burned out in motherhood for years. Some symptoms of postnatal depletion include:
What causes of postnatal depletion?There are many different factors that can contribute to postnatal depletion. Here are the top three reasons:
What are three ways to overcome postnatal depletion?
Build your support network: In order to recover optimally we have to build our support network. You can never have too much support!
Build your healing team. Be sure to see your health care provider to get a proper assessment of your current health status. Work with mental health counselors to develop healthy boundaries and support for mental and emotional wellbeing. Make sure your body heals properly from birth with the support of physical therapists and chiropractors.
Build your support network. Make time to nurture your relationships with your spouse. Schedule a regular date night to reconnect. Make time to meet up with a friend for coffee. Join a group of other moms who are encouraging. Meet up with a friend at a park and chat while your kids play.
Make sleep a priority. So often after the kids go to bed moms have a tendancy to stay up late to watch tv or scroll social media. While it feels like you to have down time, it can actually make the depletion and your sleep worse.
Gentle movement through restorative yoga or taking a walk can help your body restore itself.
Make it a priority to eat eal nourishing food instead of just coffee and a grazing on snack foods.
Learn to relax your body. Just a few minutes a day of a relaxation practice can help your body heal from the effects of stress.
Recognise your motherhood journey:
Often when we are in the thick of things we tend to loose sight of our goals and priorities. Your motherhood journey is unique. It is also ongoing and constantly changing. Taking time to recognise all the things you have accomplished as a mother and establish your vision for your journey can be incredibly empowering!
When you focus on caring for yourself, you can better care for those you love the most! This is why Mama Simply was created - to help mamas restore balance and feel like themselves again.
Welcome! I'm Amber. The mama behind Mama Simply. Join me on my journey to making health and wellness simple.