No matter how complicated or straightforward your birth, your body needs a lot of healing and recovery. At the same time, you are adapting to the physical, mental, and emotional demands of parenting a new child.
Make recovery as easy as possible on yourself
It's challenging to make time to move, and that's why it's important to focus on simple movements that you can work into your day-to-day parenting life.
For starters, parenting already has many hard tasks. During postpartum recovery, small, gentle movements are key. When doing recovery movements, nurture your body and don't push it.
Try this stretch that helped my own post-partum recovery
In February 2017, I gave birth to my second child. As part of my part-partum recovery, I did regular stretches on the floor. I also spent time in bed napping and baby-gazing (as much as my toddler would let me, anyway!).
One favorite stretch I did was to lie on my back with baby on my chest and belly. This stretch is just like one of the #mamamovescards. It's great when you are doing a ton of baby-holding, baby-wearing, and/or breastfeeding. You can try it too:
Over to you
What helped your post-partum recovery?