A few months ago my baby girl entered this world via c section. I am writing today about taking care of your postpartum body and my favourite products. Preparation is key and I made sure to order everything I would need for my recovery at home with the baby. By doing this in plenty of time, my mindset felt positive and organised. A clear head helped me a great deal as the empowerment to take on motherhood was planted at an early stage during my pregnancy
I chose to use a recovery belt for many reasons. Yes, they do help shape your figure and keep loose skin in place but they also protect your scar. I purchased my body belt from Amazon after my friend in America had used one during her postpartum period. The belt has Velcro adjustments and a ribbed back which really helped adjust my posture. My shoulders and neck were really suffering from breastfeeding and so I was pleased with the support that the belt gave. I also used the belt to relieve my back during pregnancy but you must check with your midwife or doctor first and have supervised tuition on how to correctly wear the belt under your bump.
Placenta encapsulation was something I stumbled across on Instagram. A friend of mine had just given birth to her little girl and within s week she was glowing and full of energy. At this time, I was in the early stages of my pregnancy and the more I checked her account, the more I knew that encapsulation would be right for me. I did some research and decided to go ahead and have my placenta freeze-dried into capsules by a certified specialist. I have been taking my capsules for 7 weeks now and have a spring in my step. I feel really good and definitely notice the difference in my hair and nails. My mood lifts when I take them and I haven’t suffered from any anxiety as I did during my pregnancy.
Placenta encapsulation is known for helping milk flow better if you are breastfeeding. My baby was born premature so for me, I don’t feel this was the case.
Tea tree oil
C section or vaginal birth, tea tree oil is a product that you can use at home to promote natural healing. A few drops of natural tea tree oil in warm bath water will give your skin the healing properties it requires for a faster recovery.
We all know that eating a nutritious diet adds to brain function as well as overall health. New Mums crave that extra bit of energy to get up and get things done and nutrients from food and drinks can really add to that. Binge on healthy snacks to get that much-needed sugar hit and keep hydrated for glowing skin. Why not check out some of my healthy salads and stock up on the key ingredients to keep you prepared for future recipes.
Talk to your Health visitor
My HV and Midwife provided me with so much information about how to take care of my postpartum body. I had my stitches checked and dressing changed regularly to ensure that my scar was healing well. I was very lucky and given healing honey to apply to my scar.
The midwife reminded me to do pelvic floor exercises and kept track of my recovery.
New Mums and sleep. Shall we just skip this one?
Staying active was always a really important part of my c section recovery. At first, I really couldn’t do much. In fact, I could barely lift my baby. But after a few days, I was made to take a gentle stroll and I built my strength up from there. Exercise doesn’t mean going for a four-mile run or swimming thirty lengths. A gentle walk is sufficed for getting your muscles working and lifting your mood. Join a mums exercise group and dabble in some gentle yoga.
Just a gentle reminder that if you are struggling to be a new parent or just need some advice then there are people that you can talk to. I noticed that the NCT now has a helpline for new Mums