5 STEPS TO FEELING LIKE YOURSELF AGAIN AFTER PREGNANCY
Book a Spa Treatment
One of the best things you can do postnatal is get a relaxing massage. According to the American Pregnancy Association,
“Postpartum massage has been shown to be effective for a quicker recovery and better health. Integration of maternal bodywork may add welcome value to your healing journey and transition to motherhood.
Massage is well-known for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and other health benefits. Unique postpartum benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding. More advanced therapy helps restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition, speeds healing and assists with C-section recovery.”
Find yourself an affordable spa near you and get that much-needed massage. You deserve it.
Book an appointment with the Salon
Although pregnancy after-effects vary, for most women the hair and nails are at their best state after a pregnancy. Nails that were formerly brittle will have a much stronger feel to them and will grow really fast, the same goes for your hair. Hair growth will be sporadic and volume and texture might appear a lot healthier. Your hormones will be raging at this point causing the growth of both these features so why not take this opportunity and make the most of it by looking your best. Get that mani/pedi you were too unmotivated to get during the pregnancy because you couldn’t even see your feet anyway so what was the point. Short, nail-bed length, gel nails are quite easy as they feel like your nails and it doesn’t take away from your ability to still do chores; it wont scratch the baby either just in case you were worried about that.
Treat yourself to some shopping, alone
Your body has gone through an incredible change and you’ll need a change of wardrobe to suit this transformation. Maternity clothes just won’t cut it anymore as the clothes may look a bit too loose over your body.
Go on date night
It’s been months since you actually did this. Pregnancy probably just wasn’t letting you feel your best or feel like stepping out. The baby is here, he/she is healthy and you have your life back. It’s time to spice things back up with your other baby, your husband. He’s been neglected and maybe even enslaved from all the ice cream and moin-moin trips you’ve had him do because your life depended on it at the time. It is time to spice things up again and live. Falling into old habits that existed before the baby came along will help you embrace your new change a lot better.
Allow your family help out
Nothing will go wrong with the baby if hubby takes the next shift when he cries again during the wee hours of the night. Allow members of your family to help you out. Post-Partum can be really difficult if you choose to micro manage by doing everything yourself. You will wind up receiving little to no rest making you no good to you or the baby. It’s more than ok to accept help during this period and don’t feel bad about needing it.