Essential Postpartum Tips Your Body Needs

The Big Postpartum Secret:
Your Body Needs Recovery, Too!

Remember the excitement, the anticipation, the endless baby shower gifts? Now, fast forward a few blurry weeks (or months!), and you’re knee-deep in the postpartum world. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, exhaustion, and a whole lot of “what-the-heck-just-happened?” moments. But hey, you’re not alone!


While there’s tons of information out there on feeding schedules and diaper changes, sometimes the crucial, yet often overlooked aspects of self-care get pushed to the side. So, let’s talk about the things that most websites don’t tell you, but are absolutely essential for your postpartum journey: sleep, stretching, embracing self-care, healthy eating, and (drumroll please) asking for help!

1. Sleep: The Elusive but Essential Ingredient

Let’s be honest, sleep can feel like a mythical creature in the early days with a newborn. But hear this, mama: getting as much sleep as possible is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. Studies show that sleep deprivation can impact mood, energy levels, and even your ability to care for your baby.


So, how do you grab those precious Zzz’s when your little one seems to have a different sleep schedule? Embrace the nap! Nap whenever your baby naps, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Those 20 minute naps can make you feel like a new person, and recharge your mama battery! Don’t feel obligated to entertain guests who might drop by – excuse yourself for a nap if you need to. Remember, a well-rested mama is a happy mama, and a happy mama is better equipped to handle the joys and challenges of motherhood.


Check out my related blog about “How Sleepless Nights Steal Your Postpartum Body” here.

2. Stretch it Out: Your Body Will Thank You

Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on your body. Carrying extra weight, pushing, and delivering a baby can leave your muscles feeling tight and sore. That’s where postpartum stretching comes in. Gentle stretches can improve your flexibility, reduce pain, and even help prevent injuries down the line.


It may seem overwhelming to carve out “me time” for stretching, but trust me, even 5-10 minutes a day can make a difference. And if you’re looking for guided stretches specifically designed for postpartum recovery, resources like Stretch With Ashlea offer postpartum-specific routines that cater to your unique needs, helping you reconnect with your body in a safe and effective way.


If you’re curious and not sure where to begin, download my step-by-step cheat sheet for postpartum basic stretching strategies!

3. Self-Care: It’s Not Selfish, It’s Essential

In the midst of caring for a newborn, it’s easy to forget about your own needs. But listen up, mama: self-care is not selfish, it’s essential. Taking some time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes, can do wonders for your emotional and mental well-being.


Here are some simple self-care practices you can incorporate into your day:

  • Take a warm shower or bath.
  • Read a few pages of a book.
  • Listen to your favorite music.
  • Spend time outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine.
  • Practice mindfulness or meditation.

Remember, even small acts of self-care can make a big difference in how you feel.

4. Fueling Your Body for the Journey

Imagine your body as a car. You wouldn’t expect it to run smoothly on an empty tank? Your body needs proper nourishment to recover and care for your little one. Focus on eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Don’t be afraid to indulge in your cravings occasionally (hello, chocolate!), but remember, moderation is key. Don’t forget to stay hydrated too! Water is your best friend, and it’s essential for milk production if you’re breastfeeding.

5. Asking for Help: It’s a Sign of Strength,
    Not Weakness

We’ve all seen the movies where the new mom effortlessly glides through parenthood, but let’s be honest, that’s Hollywood, not reality. Newborn life can feel overwhelming at times, and that’s perfectly okay! Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, family, friends, or even a postpartum doula. Whether it’s with household chores, errands, or simply taking care of the baby for a few hours, accepting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


The postpartum journey is an incredible time, filled with love, joy, and challenges. By prioritizing sleep, stretching, self-care, healthy eating, and accepting help, you can navigate this special period with grace and confidence. You are strong, capable, and deserving of love and support. So, take a deep breath, ask for help when you need it, and enjoy the beautiful journey of motherhood. What are some of your favorite postpartum self-care tips? Share them below. I want to hear them!

Source: [National Sleep Foundation:].

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