Our littlest love is officially a month old, and we are loving every second with him! I am feeling more “normal” each day, and am so ready to get into an exercise routine. Not being able to work out really reminds me how much of a privilege it is to move and use my body. Since I will not be cleared until the 6 week mark to resume any normal activity, I have been focusing on other wellness areas. I feel like it is so important for moms to make their wellness a priority with every season. I always remind myself of the saying “you can not pour from an empty cup” and really try to make sure I am not neglecting my personal well-being.
I thought I would share some areas I am focusing on during these 6 weeks of recovery, postpartum, and newborn life. I would love to know anything you did that filled your cup!
I started doing nightly walks during my pregnancy, and they were something I really looked forward to each week. I would go anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and loved having some quiet time where I could just be. I have continued walks 3-4 times a week, and it has been something that has made a huge difference! It also feels so good to get out and move.
I have shared many times about my morning routine and setting myself up for a positive day. I think it is so important (especially in this season) to take a step back and be intentional about the daily blessings. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the every day tasks and feel drained when you are not fully rested. Taking care of your mental health is a huge component of wellness and so important. I personally read my bible, write a gratitude list, and write my goals/intentions for the year.
Since our son is only a month, I have not implemented any type of strict routine. I have mainly followed his lead and am slowly incorporating more structure as he grows. He is pretty consistent with his night stretches, however I am still pretty tired throughout the day. Napping when both boys nap has been so beneficial for my emotional health. Slowing down and giving my body the rest it needs allows me to stay joyful during this season and keep up with our toddler. It is okay to rest and take advantage of sleep times!
I am in no rush to lose the extra baby weight I currently have. It took me 10 months to gain 30 pounds, so I have to keep realistic expectations with losing it. Even though I would love to be at the weight where I feel the healthiest and most comfortable, my focus is not on any type of food restriction or deficit. It is actually the opposite with exclusively breastfeeding. I am trying to make sure I consume enough calories to keep my milk supply up with as many nutrient dense foods as possible. Incorporating as many fruits, vegetables, and nutritional variety has been my main goal and will continue to be for awhile.
Staying hydrated is crucial with my own recovery and milk supply. My body is able to function more efficiently when I am hydrated and giving it what it needs. I personally aim for around 120 ounces a day!
Bonus: Nightly Skin Care
Having the time every night to take a shower and do my skin care just makes me feel good and like myself! It gives me something to look forward to and is nice to feel “pampered”.
As always, sending light and love!