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Self care after having a baby is so important. I am sharing easy tips for self care for new moms and self care with a baby.
This weekend I went to a conference with 40 other women who are also Presidents of nonprofits. We had a lot of talk about the importance of self care. It got me thinking about how self care looks so different in each stage of your life. Before kids self care includes nail appointments, spa days, even spa trips with girlfriends. Now as a mom with a baby on the way self care is equally important, but can feel really overwhelming.
Then I realized self care can be really simple. So, I was inspired to share simple self care after having a baby.
Self care for New Moms
Give yourself Grace
My favorite saying about motherhood is
The days are long, but the years are short.
It perfectly describes motherhood. Especially the first few weeks and month can feel like a total blur. Sometimes simply surviving is a win, so give yourself grace and know that you will not be able to do everything you once did.
Focus on attainable goals like showering daily. If you have never been a new mom that may sound crazy. Do not under estimate the power of a hot shower.
Drink Lots of Water
Make a goal to always have a drink for you too. I remember when B was a toddler and it hit me I would never leave home without a drink and snack for her, but I never packed anything for myself. It is so important for you to stay hydrated.
Eat at least One Healthy Meal a Day
There will be days when you literally forget to eat. So, the idea of eating 3 meals a day and 2 healthy snacks may be overwhelming. Make a goal to eat at least one healthy meal a day. When friends offer to bring you, food say yes. Your friends want to help, and a healthy meal is a great way for them to do that.
Wear Comfortable Bras
While pregnant and as a new mom your body changes. Buying new bras is a great way to take care of yourself. These Playtex Nursing Bras are designed with comfort and support. They are idea to keep you comfortable from pregnancy through nursing and beyond! They have both underwire options with Style US4959: Shaping Foam Underwire. The QuickStrap® clips are designed to make nursing easy anytime, anywhere! And their TruSupport® 4-way Support system, including comfortable straps, deeper
cups, higher sides, and a wider back. They also offer bras with no wires like Style US4960: Cross Over Sleep Bra. It comes in a 2 Pack. The criss-cross design makes it easy to nurse. The fabric is called Cool Comfort® helps to keep you cool. You can find both at Kohls.
Take Time Outside
Spending time outside is good for your health. It can be as simple as spending 5 minutes outside drinking your cup of coffee with or without your baby.
Move Your Body
Especially in the first few weeks you will not be ready to hit the gym, but there are easy ways to get your steps in. Like taking a walk to help your baby get the down for a nap or parking a couple of spots away from the door.
Take Care of Your Skin
Self care for your skin does not have to mean going to the spa. Instead focus on using high quality products like LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum from Vichy. Their Ampoule serum is formulated with only 10 ingredients including: 10% Pure Vitamin C (an antioxidant known to help brighten skin), Natural Origin Hyaluronic Acid (to hydrate and plump the skin) and Plant-based Phyto Peptides (to fight signs of collagen loss).
Check out how to use the serum here.
It is clinically proven to give you firmer skin that feels more hydrated at the first use. You will notice your skin is smoother and more radiant in the first 10 days. And after a month wrinkles will be visibly reduced.
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If you are nursing don't forget to get a Nursing Comfort Balm like this one from Mustela
Mustela’s Nursing Comfort Balm is a soothing and restorative nipple cream that keeps skin comfortable while nursing. The lanolin-free balm moisturizes and protects nipples, eases discomfort, and helps to replenish and restore skin during and after breastfeeding. The vitamin E will nourish and protect skin. It is made of 100% natural ingredients. It is also vegan, fragrance-free, and dye-free making it safe for breastfeeding.
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Take Time to Laugh
Take some time to watch a show or video that may make you laugh. Or call a friend to help you take some time to giggle.
Find Adult Time
Especially in the first few weeks this may sound difficult, but it can be as simple as talking to a friend or your spouse about something besides the baby.
Make Time for Coffee
If you are breastfeeding you can try Milkflow Lactation Coffee Pods from UpSpring. It is the first lactation coffee that contains the herbs Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle to help naturally promote breast milk supply. The herbal ingredients in Milkflow are plant-based and so is the single serve coffee pod itself.
The pods themselves are 100% compostable which means zero plastic waste. You can order them off their website or find them at Target in the baby section.
Make Time to Read
The Heart of an Orphan is a book with a remarkable true story of how one tiny and critically ill baby in a Chinese orphanage inspired a movement to bring hope and healing to thousands of orphaned and impoverished children. It is written by Amy Eldridge, founder and CEO of Love Without Boundaries, this poignant chronicle of LWB's life-changing work, told through the stories of individual children, offers personal insight into the complex issues surrounding orphan care, abandonment, international aid, and adoption.
Love Without Boundaries is an authentic international charity that provides hope and healing to orphaned and vulnerable children, and their underserved communities. Their mission is to provide healing, education and refuge to vulnerable children worldwide. Their core belief is that ‘Every Child Counts.’