At The Mother's Nest you will always hear us chirping and chiming about this thing called
You may at times, sleeplessly wipe the baby spit up off of your shirt and call that self care.. but we want to change your mind to truly value YOU mom, because YOU are the one primarily (most of the time) giving out to that sweet kiddo/s of yours!
8 STEPS TO WELLNESS:
-Exercise & Time to Yourself
-Non Judgmental Sharing
-Referrals & Other Resources
Lets break these down...
- read books, handouts, websites, and online groups info on parenting, and more specifically be educated about post partum mood disorders so that you can protect yourself/ get treated if you are suffering from one!
- You may have laughed at me, but YOU. NEED. SLEEP.
-Sleep when the baby sleeps if you can
-If not, prioritize, have someone else get up during night feedings if possible, prioritize a nap during the day!
Some great questions to ask yourself to gage your nutrition recently are..
-Do you have an appetite?
-what are you eating?
-What have you eaten today?
-What's in the fridge?
-Exercise & Time for Myself
- "you are worthy & deserving of being alone" How are you recharged? You may be an introvert (recharged by alone time) , or an extrovert (recharged in the company of others). whichever way it is... do it! YOU deserve to be recharged... or else you will constantly be running on no battery!
-Sharing with Non Judgmental Listeners
Who can you talk to about your feelings?
-husbands, mothers, friends, other relatives, support volunteers, group members, faith community?
Talking is therapeutic and IMPORTANT to process!
-"you need and deserve emotional support from your friends, family, faith community & workplace in order to heal"
"you also need and deserve physical help with childcare, housework & cooking"
-Have a friend create a "take them a meal" page for your friends & family to sign up to bring meals during a birth or tough time
-Create freezer meals ahead of time.. to cut your time in half!
-ask for gift cards for restaurants / eat out from friends & family for baby shower
-Make a list of practical house work (laundry, dishes, etc) on the fridge before people come to visit baby... ask them to do one of them before they come and hold baby.
-Finding supportive Resources
- Faith community, healthcare providers, home visiting support services, lactation counselors, mental health providers, postpartum doulas, support groups, emergency service crisis hotlines