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Postpartum Recovery

Rest

You've gone through the marathon that is pregnancy, the life-changing event of birth, and now have this precious little baby who is dependent on you for everything. No wonder you're tired! The best thing you can do for yourself and for your baby is rest. Let others care for you as you care for your baby.


Nourishing food and drink

Warm, comforting foods are good for the body and the soul. Bone broth is rich in collagen and nutrients that are needed to rebuild after a pregnancy.

If family or friends offer to bring you a meal, accept it. This act of love can help shoulder the burden of some of the every day tasks that must continue, even when you feel like you don't have the energy (physically or mentally) to even get out of bed.


Hydration

You probably thought you were thirsty in pregnancy... welcome to postpartum. Hydration is so important for your healing, and is crucial if you are breastfeeding your baby. Hydration is more than just drinking water. Add some lemon, lime, a pinch of Himalayan salt, or our personal favorite - an LMNT electrolyte stick to your water to increase the hydrating properties.


Skin to skin

Skin-to-skin with our babies helps regulate their temperature and blood sugar, but they aren't the only ones who benefit. When we snuggle close to someone we love, when we are held, our body releases the hormone oxytocin - the love hormone. It's in this feeling of safety that our nervous system transitions from the fight or flight (sympathetic) system, to the rest and digest (parasympathetic) system, and that's where healing happens.


Herbal and Epsom salt baths

Baths are one of the simplest ways to bring calm to your body and encourage healing. Epsom salt is a mineral salt of magnesium sulfate that breaks down in the water and is helpful in reducing tension and pain; adding herbs to the bath reduces inflammation and promotes healing of the tissue.


Feel your feelings

There may be moments you wonder if you'll ever stop crying, and that's okay. And as time passes, you'll have good moments and days, and may feel guilty about it, that's okay too. There isn't a "right" timeline for grief, and though others have experienced a loss similar to yours, each journey is unique, and what you need to heal will not be exactly what someone else does.


Get adjusted

Supporting your nervous system through chiropractic adjustments enables your body to adapt to all the changes in this transition into motherhood.


It may not always feel like it, but you are doing a great job!


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