1 Year Postpartum Second Baby

I don’t know how, but our younger son will be one in a week. His first year has truly flown by, and I am really trying to take the time to soak everything in. There are many lessons I have learned this past year that I will be sharing soon, however today I wanted to share some on my postpartum experience the second time around. I have shared some of my experience here: Recovery Baby 2, Non Negotiables Postpartum , Postpartum Wellness, 6 months Postpartum, and Health Goals Postpartum. You can also find more pregnancy/postpartum posts in my designated tab!

If there is one thing I have learned the second time around is that keeping my cup full is vital during this season of life. Not only do I feel like I am a better mom, but I feel like the entire house maintains a positive and joyful energy. With our older son I experienced a lot of mom guilt when I chose to do things for myself and struggled with navigating and finding that balance. This time around has been a completely different experience because I know how necessary it is to focus on my entire well-being including physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I also have an extremely supportive husband who constantly encourages me to do things for myself while he holds down the fort.

I am still exclusively breastfeeding which has added another layer this past year of hormones, body changes, and logistics. Although I am so grateful for the opportunity to breastfeed again, I am looking forward to some body independence when the time comes. I honestly haven’t had too many postpartum symptoms that women can experience the first year after birth. The only noticeable one has been a ton of hair shedding, which is common.

Like with anything else, postpartum is a season that quickly passes. However it can feel never ending if you are having a difficult experience. I highly encourage anyone struggling to talk to someone or get whatever help you are needing!

Stay tuned for my yearly reflections and thoughts.

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac

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