We all know how vital it is to look after your body whilst you're pregnant well it's just as important to look after yourself postpartum too. Happy mum = happy baby and all that. It's often easier said than done what with all your attention going on your new bundle of joy however do try and put aside some time to pamper your body every now and again. Here are a few ways to look after your body postpartum.
Sleep - Try and sleep when your baby sleeps. Easy said if you don't have a toddler who doesn't nap to look after, you could however do "quiet time" and let your older child watch some TV or read some books quietly when the baby is sleeping so you can at least lay down on the sofa and get some shut eye. But if it's your first then take advantage of this as you will regret it if you don't!
Diet - I'm not talking about a diet to loose weight here I mean what you should be eating postpartum to look after your body. Eating may be the last thing on your mind when you have a newborn to attend to however it is just as important that you are eating a good healthy diet full of plenty of energy to get you through those first few weeks. Eating healthy food and having regular meals and snacks will help boost your energy level and your mood which can help prevent those baby blues. It's a good idea to fuel up on foods with plenty of omega-3 and protein.
Drink plenty of water - It's important to keep your body hydrated at all times even more so after giving birth especially if you are breastfeeding. Dehydration can also make the baby blues worse so it's advisable to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day and don't just wait until you feel thirsty.
Exercise - Once you've been giving the all clear at your 6 week postpartum check up and feel like shifting some of the baby weight or getting back in shape then start by taking it easy. Don't rush into it and listen to your body if it tells you to stop. It may take you a while before you're back doing those lunges and planks as your body needs to recover fully first. You could start off by doing some gentle exercises at home before you think about hitting the gym.
Stitches - If you required stitches after giving birth whether you tore or had an episiotomy there are a few things which will help the healing process pass quicker and be less painful.
+ Pour a jug of warm water down there whilst you are weeing or just wee in the shower whilst holding the shower hear of warm water over your stitches. It really does help!
+ Let the air get to the stitches and lie down on a towel without your knickers. This will help heal the stitches
+ Salt or lavender baths every couple of days are great for pain relief
+ For instant relief make padsticles by putting some aloe vera or healing cream on a maternity pad and pop it in the freezer for about an hour before you need it. You can make a batch of these up ready and have them near by the freezer when you need them.
Stretch marks - Continue to use your regular stretch mark cream once you have given birth. This will help reduce them if you do happen to get any and will also firm up the skin.
Pelvic floor exercises - These are vital during pregnancy and even more so after giving birth to ensure everything goes back to place and your muscles are still holding everything together. They also help with healing and preventing leaking from your bladder.
Lips - Your lips may get very dry and even cracked. I'd recommend purchasing a lip balm ready to apply daily to prevent this from happening.
Feet - Your feet have lots of wear and tear whilst pregnant especially with all the extra weight you are carrying around. I would find that my feet would be aching by the end of the day and over the course of the 9 months my feet were in a really bad state. I found that treating my feet to a nice relaxing soak and pampering them regularly has really worked wonders. The products that I have been using are by the brand Clearzal which you may have heard of before as they are well known for their foot care products.
I have been using a number of different products on my feet lately and taking advantage of when both the kiddies are asleep to sit back with my feet in the foot spa and giving them some much needed TLC. All of the above products pictured are just £9.99 each to purchase which is really good for the amount of use you get out of each product.
Foot food - This is a nutritional cream for silky smooth, hydrated, conditioned feet. It does what it says and is literally food for your feet. Feet need nourishment and this contains all 5 of their 5 a day.
Busy feet - An energising cream which instantly cools, freshens and rejuvenates your feet. This cream is perfect after a long day on your feet!
Exfoliating foot scrub - This is a natural aloe vera based scrub designed to restore your feet and legs to a naturally smooth condition.
Pain relieving gel - Not only great for sore muscles, tendons and joints this gel absorbs rapidly and does not leave a greasy residue on the skin.
Hard skin remover - This is great for getting rid of any hard dry skin and doesn't require filing or soaking them before hand.
This Tea Tree Foot Soak refreshes and softens the skin. I like the fact that it's a non-foaming foot soak and you only need to soak you feet with 1-2 tablespoon of it for a minimum of 10 minutes for it to take affect. It smells really nice too as its blended with tee tree oil and peppermint. It's designed to be used weekly and you can get around 8 foot baths out of it which is reasonably priced at £12.99.
The foot cleanser and sanitiser are great for stopping your feet from picking up any infections and bacteria and are also great for preventing athletes foot. If you are on your feet a lot (which you tend to be as your baby gets older) then spraying these on your feet, shoes and socks daily can prevent infections and kill microbes on the feet and nails.
My feet are loving my new quick pampering routine that I have going on with the above products. I've been trying to have my pampering session once a week once both the kids are asleep and I have noticed such a difference in how soft and pain free my feet are.
Do you have any tips for looking after your body postpartum?