It’s as important to take care of yourself as your new baby. Find out how to do the most for yourself in the least amount of time.
Becoming a mother is one of the most massive changes you can introduce into your life, and that includes the self-care routine you’re used to. If you were in a groove of prenatal yoga, long naps, and sitting with your feet up to relieve your swollen ankles, the around-the-clock schedule of taking care of your newborn as well as your postpartum body can feel…overwhelming. To say the least. But there are easy ways to make sure you’re taking care of your mind and body during baby’s first year. After all, a happy and healthy mom is a baby’s greatest asset.
From the moment your baby is handed to you, you are forever transformed. Unfortunately, at the very beginning that goes hand in hand with some pretty big physical transformations too. Whether you’ve had a vaginal birth or a c-section, your body needs time to recover. Make sure you take the time to actually sleep when the baby sleeps (no really, the dishes can wait), and try to clear your mind a few times a day. Taking a few minutes for a relaxing hot shower can calm you when you’re at your most frazzled. Postpartum skin is often very dry and itchy (and still recovering from pregnancy), so make sure to keep applying Pipette Belly Butter and Belly Oil while skin is still damp for maximum absorption. Having a moment in your day where you’re focused on yourself and not that amazing, all-consuming newborn goes a long way.
As your body recovers, you’ll want to start moving—taking baby out for short walks in the morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t strong is a great way to start introducing movement back into your routine. If you can slip out for a massage, your muscles will thank you (breastfeeding and lifting your baby can give you a stiff neck and shoulders.) You can also ask your partner for a neck rub at the end of the day with Pipette Belly Oil; it can do double-duty as a massage oil, and has a 100% plant-derived aromatherapeutic scent to calm and relax. Light stretches, like pulling your shoulder blades together, can also give you some relief. You may find that your hands are becoming dry from the incessant washing (especially if you are using bottles). When you use Pipette Baby Balm on your little one, rub some into your cuticles to keep them supple. You can also sneak in a mini-facial by putting on a face mask right before breastfeeding. No one multi-tasks like a mama, after all.
“You can also ask your partner for a neck rub at the end of the day with Pipette Belly Oil; it can do double-duty as a massage oil, and has a 100% plant-derived aromatherapeutic scent to calm and relax.”
As your baby gets older, you can involve her more in your self-care routine. Mom-and-baby yoga classes are a great way to stretch your muscles out, work on your core strength, and bond with your little one. She’ll enjoy her portion as much as you do, and you can keep her clean post-class with Pipette Baby Wipes (great for wiping your own face and hands as well!). She’ll love looking at shapes by now, so a morning at a museum is another great way to indulge in something you love while enriching the baby. Find other moms for outings, especially easy walks in your neighborhood or in the park. Comparing notes with other parents going through similar stages is so helpful, even just as a sanity check.
Whether you’ve gone back to work full-time or not, you’ve probably started getting back into the swing of things. So you need to make time for yourself now more than ever! Make sure to do something that feels like the “old you” at least once a week: schedule a dinner out with your partner, meet up with friends for coffee, or just take a long, luxurious bath soak. Incorporating exercise into your routine is important for taking care of your body. Try exercise balls at home for working on stability, or bridging to release stiff lower backs. (Added bonus: bouncing on an exercise ball is one of the quickest ways to calm a fussy baby). A jogging stroller means your baby is having as much fun on your run as you are, and it’s a great way to get an arm workout in the process. If you’re still feeling not quite yourself, consider acupuncture to rebalance your hormones, release tension and loosen tight muscles.
Congrats—you’re the mother of an almost-one-year-old! Hopefully, your son or daughter is on a regular(ish) sleep schedule at this point, so you have a little more time to yourself in the evening. Unwind with a lit candle, a good book, maybe a glass of wine. The ultimate in self-care at this point may be in knowing how much you’ve accomplished in the past year! Remember to concentrate on what you are doing and not what you aren’t doing. Because you’re doing a great job, mama!
The information provided by Pipette is intended solely for educational purposes. The information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you or your child have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.