A healthy, well-balanced lifestyle is multi-faceted, and must incorporate elements of the physical, mental, and spiritual. As a new mom, it is easy to feel like you are running on empty in all of these categories. Your world revolves around caring for the new bundle of joy, and your own needs quickly become secondary. However, it is essential that you nurture yourself as much as possible during this transition. While it may sound cliché, sleep when the baby sleeps. Seriously, the dishes will wait. Exercise and nutrition will strengthen your reserves, even if it consists of an apple, a protein bar, and a walk around the block. Stay connected to your support system, and consider community resources such as a new mom support group. Baby yoga is another great way to connect with other moms while doing something healthy for yourself.
Another way to support your health as a new mom is with postpartum massage. Massage is beneficial to both mom and baby before, during, and after delivery. It is well known that massage helps with stress reduction and pain relief. Massage also supports the body after delivery of a baby in unique ways. According to the American Pregnancy Association, postpartum massage benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep and improved breastfeeding. In some cases, it can speed healing and assist with C-section recovery. Massage can be valuable in the treatment of the baby blues, as well as postpartum depression and anxiety.
A trained massage therapist can be a critical asset in your postpartum recovery. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider, but it is often possible to initiate postpartum massage as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so. Feel free to contact us with any questions, and we would be happy to set up an appointment. Massage is a wonderful, holistic treatment that can help you relax, heal, and embrace this new path of motherhood.