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Settling into life as a mother can be tough, especially if it is your first time. Listening to others’ stories are never enough to help you go through yours because every mother experiences childbirth differently.
Research shows that mothers generally take four to five months to nail the new baby routine.
If you are struggling to get used to this new lifestyle, there are millions of other mothers going through the same thing. ‘How do other moms manage to do it well, then’ you might think to yourself.
We cannot speak for all mothers, but we are pretty sure that self-care will tremendously help! Prioritising both your physical and mental health can contribute to you having a smooth postnatal period. How to start doing it?
If you haven’t found one that works for you, here are five things you can do as a part of your self-care routine after childbirth!
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1. Get yourself pampered in a massage therapy
Remember how comfy it was when your parents used to carry you as a child when you were a child? Wasn’t it nice being pampered?
Just because you’ve physically outgrown the ‘pick me up, papa’ phase, doesn’t mean there is no other way that can give you the same kind of pampered feelings! If that’s what you look for, go for a massage. This will allow you to fully relax and may even put you to sleep!
Massage therapists will normally use a warm oil (whether it is heated up or naturally contains ingredients with ‘heaty properties’) in a postnatal massage.
Afterwards, a belly binder will be wrapped around your abdomen and hips to help fix your posture and tone up your figure.
2. Enjoy a warm herbal bath
Also a part of confinement practices for many cultures, taking an herbal bath is one more thing you could look forward to during your early postnatal period!
Even if you are not following a specific set of confinement rules or practices, you can still select several that you are interested in. After all, these practices have been adhered to by new mothers for a long time!
Taking a warm bath is a therapeutic experience where you can rinse your body with warm, herbal bath water.
There are a lot of instant herbal packages that you could try. Using those, you can simply take out a sachet and boil one whenever you wish to take a bath.
3. Indulge yourself in the goodness of sweet dessert
Who doesn’t love delightful snacks that can immediately lift up your mood? The good news is, even if you are counting calories, you can still have your desserts!
You just have to be careful to not get the ones that are high in sugar or dairy products if you are lactose intolerant.
To be safe, you can find breastfeeding-friendly confinement recipes for easy-to-make desserts.
This way, you can modify the ingredients to not exceed your recommended daily sugar intake. Most of them require very few ingredients as well, so you do not have to go out of your way to obtain any hard-to-acquire items.
4. Shop ‘til you drop
Don’t worry, you do not have to step outside and head to the mall. Just take out your laptop or phone. Nowadays, everything can be done through the screen!
Studies have proven that shopping can lift your mood, which is why it is called retail therapy.
This unconventional form of therapy is believed to reduce anxiety and stress while lowering the risk of high blood pressure.
So mothers, shop happily! Fun is fun, but you need to rest your eyes as well so be careful to not be glued to the screen for a long time!
5. Give yourself a break
You’ve been and gone through a huge, mentally and physically-taxing labour that no one can understand how it feels for you. But you do. You know you deserve more rest.
If you do not feel like doing anything, go ahead and do exactly that – nothing. After all, you only owe it to yourself to be kinder and gentler to your body.
Not motivated to do other things than just catching forty winks? Off to bed you go. This is your time as much as it is your newborn’s.
At the end of the day, the point is that being a mother does not mean you have to be 100% selfless, despite that being a mother’s natural instinct.
Make sure you yourself are well-taken care of as much as your newborn is. That way, your baby can be taken care of even better by yourself. Spend some time on your own recovery and get that ‘pamper yourself massage therapy’ that you very much deserve!