Updated: Nov 16, 2021
At 2nd Nature Healing Center we see lots of pregnancy and babies!! Let us give you a tip on how to prepare for your postpartum period.
Keep your Favorite Essential Oil on Hand
When you smell an essential oil that you like, it instantaneously sends messages to your brain to calm down. Deep breathing inhalation also stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to switch from "fight or flight" to "rest and digest". Smell your oil if you are feeling overwhelmed, irritable, anxious, angry or sad.
Keep your Favorite Person on Speed Dial
Your friend, neighbor, mentor, family member or colleague who's weirdly good at listening will be an invaluable resource as you navigate your new emotional role as mama (or mama of 2, 3, 4....10.). Having that emotional support and ability to vent without judgment will help you process these new thoughts and feelings. Don't bottle up what you are feeling. Find someone who can help and who you can listen to. Almost everything you will experience is completely normal, you may need to be reminded of that. . Have a Relax Routine
Your sleep schedule is bound to be altered now that you have to take care of someone who until recently had every need automatically met by your uterus and placenta. Now you have to wake up, or even get up, or even have to find things and be somewhat functional in middle of the night to satisfy its needs. Be prepared to sleep when you can, even if the sun is up. Make a sleepy-time playlist or a 2-3 minute meditation to help get our mind and body ready for sleep whenever you have a chance. The "Aura" app has great meditations and stories to get you in the right mood.
At this time, you don't have to be in charge of EVERYTHING. Before you go into labor speak with a neighbor or a friend and ask them to be in charge of making a meal-train or meal and visit rotation. For the first couple of weeks let people cook for you. Budget for weekly cleaning and laundry help for at least the first 6 weeks. This is a very fragile time, if you tend to get overwhelmed by household tasks without a newborn..it won't get easier with one. A postpartum doula can easily fit this role.
Shameless Pampering is a Necessity
Once a week go out of your house without the baby for an hour break. Get a pedicure, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, take a slow stroll through the park, go to a lecture,grab coffee with a friend, meet with your therapist, try Chinese therapy i.e. a moxibustion session (a treatment meant to rebuild your vitality!) Be it for the body or the mind, it needs a break.
Enjoy the Perks of the Best and Hardest Job in the World
Remember that you are blessed and have been entrusted with a life. Think about the things that get you excited to be a parent. Keep a baby book for the memories you want to remember. Book a photo shoot for you and your baby. If you love to go shopping for baby clothes, do it! If you love the smell of your baby's head, sniff all day long. Squeeze those little legs and get lost in those doe eyes. Talk to your baby as if he/she can understand everything (because they can). Take pictures, stroll in the park and take advantage of the best parts of this age.
Feel free to share our Postpartum blogs If you think that someone you know is experiencing more than normal challenges adjusting to motherhood / fatherhood .
Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture.
In her Therapeutic Holistic approach, she addresses Pediatric ailments, Men & Women’s health, Pain management and overall Wellness.
Her private practice is in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.
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