Prioritizing your health after delivery is essential to be able to care for your newborn. Around the clock care with sleepless nights challenges the human mind and body. Here are some tips to maximize your breast milk, your energy, and your mood.
Acupuncture: Not only will acupuncture give you some much needed quiet alone time and sleep, it will help bring your body back into balance. Maybe you are a little frazzled? A treatment will lower your stress so you can savor all of those precious moments with your baby. Acupuncture is effective in treating many postpartum symptoms:
- Postpartum depression
- Mastitis/clogged milk ducts
- Aches and pains from holding baby
- Dwindling milk supply
- C-section scars
Bone Broth: You may feel like your baby is sucking you dry and you need to replenish your nutrients. Bone broth is rich in collagen, gelatin, and calcium to nourish baby and your own tendons and bones. It’s an excellent source of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It will also help ground you and calm your mind, therefore combating the baby blues. Bone broth is very easily assimilated in the body, so all its nutrients will be utilized!
Ask For Help: Everyone knows that you want to spend every minute with your newbie but you need a break! To be able to be the best mother, you need to take care of yourself. Whether you want to treat yourself to acupuncture, a massage, a nap, or a bath, find a friend or family member to help watch the baby for 15 minutes or a couple of hours. Take some time for yourself!
Remember this is a time to move slowly, rest and replenish. It does take at least 6 weeks to recover from a vaginal delivery and more to recover from a C-section. It takes a village!