How did you take care of yourself during the postpartum period?
Yoga. I am a sucker for pigeon and I cry often in class during it. Motherhood hasn't been the smoothest of transitions for me and yoga is a space where I release and connect physically, mentally and spiritually.
I loved wearing the "padsicles" that I made before baby was born. 1 cup witch hazel and one cup aloe vera. I then placed two tablespoons into each pad, wrapped in tinfoil and froze! They felt amazing postpartum!
Showering, drinking tea, using witch hazel padsicles, and napping when I could.
Gigantic pads soaked in which hazel and frozen felt so good. And lots of lounging around the house watching movies with my sleeping baby snuggled up against me.
I'm not exactly sure what this would even look like! I don't think I have ever really done anything in the lines of "self-care" that didn't include my new baby. So I'd have to say my most favorite thing to do in the weeks following birth was to chit chat with my friends. Talk about the labor, birth, and brand new tiny baby!
Lifting weights at the gym. It is my quiet time and something that is for me. Even though I'm still not able to lift heavy or match my pre-pregnancy numbers, it makes me feel strong to spend time with the barbell.
Attending mom and me yoga at Enso Prenatal. Not only did it feel good to stretch, but it allowed me to connect with other new moms.
Sleep. My husband would watch the baby for a few hours in the morning so I could sleep and catch up from the hours I'd been up during the night.