Motherhood. It’s all a crazy bittersweet ride and the craziest part is we would do it 100 times over for our little ones. It is a love is like no other, and you can’t know what this love is like until your little loves are here. Then there’s no going back.
Bringing a newborn into this world is a beautiful thing. You spend months preparing for the arrival — creating space for baby in every aspect of your life. Months spent growing, months making a plan for when baby is earth-side and everything you have to do to make sure baby grows up in a safe, secure, nourishing and loving space. It takes real work — and all the while baby is growing inside you.
“I am a mother to three beautiful children and with them, my life feels complete. Being a mama is the most rewarding aspect of my life — it’s what fills me up completely. That’s not to say motherhood isn’t challenging. Entering life with another newborn has been a true test of what I can handle physically, mentally and emotionally in every way.” - Sophie
It’s important to remember that yes, this new baby matters so, so much — and you’re here to care for him or her in every way — but you, as a mama, are recovering. Your body just birthed a human being, and it needs time to heal. You are in the midst of changing your entire way of life to make space for this tiny person, one that can’t even hold their own head up at first!
So, whether you’re getting ready to have your first chld, second or fifth, we’re sharing our mindfulness, mental health and self-care tips for a more living and gently postpartum recovery. If you’re ready to fully take on this journey, pick up a copy of Sacred Pause: Postpartum Recovery Guide ebook which is unlike anything out there for new mama care.
“As a new mom, I feel like I’m behind on almost everything even my own self-care and nourishment. Asking for support from my partner or outside help has been crucial. Someone to hold your baby so you can shower in peace or time for yourself. I get up early before my babe to meditate or workout which allows me more peace and control during my day. I have daily smoothies with superfoods to help keep me strong and able to still work and care for my little guy. I love Coconut Magic Coconut Butter for healthy fats which helps with cravings and supports my milk supply. I had superfoods all throughout my pregnancy and it helped so, so much.” - Taylor
REST, REST & MORE REST
Sleep as often when you can and when you can. Most new mamas forget that when baby is sleeping you, mom should be sleeping or resting, too. You don’t have to conquer the million other things on your to-do list. Use this time to reconnect and check-in with yourself. What do you need in order to find calm and serenity? Being well-rested means you can provide more energy for your babe, and also be a much more calm and balanced person. You’ll be able to give all you can to your baby — once you get your own fill of sleep.
ASK FOR HELP & SUPPORT
All of our Philosophie mamas agree this is SO important and often looked over. Remember to reach out and ask for help. You can’t do it all and nor should you have to. It’s okay to have a babysitter come while you get a message or have a bath. Fill your life with people that support you through it all. Let them help celebrate the little bundle you brought to this world by helping you.
Fresh air and movement are medicine for your mind and soul. Plus, easing your body back into exercise is very good for you. A gentle stroll is healing and is a great option for stress relief when you and the little one have been cooped up inside for far too long. Grab your trusty stroller and take a walk!
EAT, DRINK & NOURISH
Caring for a newborn means also caring for yourself. You are your little babe’s sole provider for all nutrients and vitamins. So, you have to pay extra special attention to what you’re fueling your body with. You also need to drink as much water as you can to keep yourself well hydrated. Make sure to get in a lot of warming foods postpartum, like ginger, coconut water and cooked foods like quinoa and sauteed veggies. In Chinese medicine, it is thought that pregnancy is a time you are very warm internally and need to balance it with cooling foods (like raw fruits and veggies), and postpartum is a time your body is very cold and needs to be warmed.
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EXPRESS YOUR NEEDS & SET BOUNDARIES
The new baby phase is intense. You’re giving all you can to your new babe and anything left over goes to other kids, your career, friends and husband. Remember, this is a humbling period. This is where you truly learn what matters in life and what no longer serves you. It’s up to you, mama. You’re the one that gets to call the shots and ask when you’re in need of help or space. This also means setting boundaries. If life feels a little too chaotic it’s okay to say no to events and instead stay home with your baby. Or maybe you’re in need of time to reconnect with your partner or friends — do it, all of this is good for you.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
There’s no need to do it all — and no one is asking you to. Invest in self-care and remember you’re only human. We’re some crazy fierce goddess women for being able to birth a human being, but it’s okay to set realistic expectations on what happens from there. Go slow. Your body is healing, give it space and time. Opt for soothing baths or a healing massage. Treat yourself, you’ve earned it.
This love is truly like nothing else in this life. You can’t fully understand it or experience it until you’re in it. Then that’s it, there’s no going back — and in the very best way possible.
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