In some cultures, postpartum is a time of relaxation, healing, stillness. People surround the new mother to keep her warm, fed, hydrated and in good spirits. The housework gets done, the older children are cared for, special recipes are made with extra love while Mama gets to know the new little soul she worked so hard to grow and bring earthside.
In the U.S., we sadly do not have one particular "American" way of swooping in to care for new mamas, though some traditions might be borrowed in bits and pieces. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But I encourage you to consider your postpartum plan while you are still gestating and really give yourself the real opportunity to relish in the beauty of the early days.
Some things you might consider in your postpartum plan:
✅ A meal train for others to bring you yummy foods
✅ A postpartum doula
✅ A few extra hours weekly with the babysitter, nanny or special adult to pour love into your older kiddos while you recover
✅ A pre-paid, in home massage (buy and schedule now so you actually go through with it.
Have you postpartum doula or partner present to snuggle Baby while you relax)
✅ An herbal sitz or floral milk bath (or if you are having trouble bonding with baby or recovering from a particularly traumatic experience, a co-bath rebirth ceremony may benefit you and your new little one)
✅ Warming teas and other herbal products such as bath sitz, abdominal paste or oil, perineum spray and vaginal steam packs
✅ Full length (from pubic bone to ribcage) abdominal binding (when cleared by your provider)
What other suggestions do you have for a new mama's self care? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How do you show new mamas in your life some love?
(Psst did you know I offer all of the above *and* registries so your tribe can treat YOU to all the postpartum goodness a girl can dream of?!?!)