6 Tips To Help With Postpartum Recovery

March 30, 2023

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For new mothers, postpartum can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. While the joy of having a newborn is unparalleled, there are many physical, hormonal, and emotional changes that come along with this new stage of life.

It’s important to take care of yourself during this time so that you can gain back your strength and return to your normal activities.

The postpartum recovery period is an important time for new mothers.

During this time, the body needs to heal and adjust to its changes. It is also a period of adjustment for the mother in many ways – she needs to develop skills to care for her newborn baby, cope with the physical and emotional changes that accompany parenting, as well as recover from the delivery itself.

Exercising after childbirth has several benefits including strengthening the weakened pelvic floor muscles, reducing joint swelling, controlling weight, improving posture, easing lower back pain, and reducing stress.

Mentally, exercise can help improve mood, reduce stress levels, and boost energy levels and self-esteem.

When beginning an exercise program following childbirth, it is best to start slowly and carefully with the guidance of a qualified professional such as a physical therapist or personal trainer.

Women should wait until they have been cleared by their doctor before starting any type of exercise routine.

Low impact activities are usually recommended because they put less strain on the body while providing beneficial results. Activities such as walking briskly, swimming or stretching are all great examples of low impact exercises that can be done in moderation during postpartum recovery.

Getting ample rest and nourishment is equally as important as exercise during postpartum recovery. It is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. If a woman feels tired or sore, then it is best to take a break from exercising until she has had time to recover.

Taking care of yourself emotionally and socially is also an essential part of the recovery process; having support from family and friends can make all the difference in helping a new mother adjust and heal after childbirth.

By taking proper care of themselves during postpartum recovery, women can help ensure that their bodies are healed properly and ready for any physical activities that may come in the future.

New mothers can benefit from exercising both physically and mentally, but it’s crucial to do so in moderation and with the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. Proper rest, nourishment, and support from family and friends are equally important for a successful postpartum recovery.

Here Are the Six Things We Recommend to Help You in Postpartum Recovery:

1. Get plenty of rest – Aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night as well as regular naps throughout the day if possible. This will help your body heal faster and give you more energy to take care of both yourself and your baby.

2. Eat nutritious meals – Make sure you’re getting enough calories and vitamins through whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. Avoid processed or sugary snacks that can cause an energy crash.

3. Exercise – Physical activity helps to release endorphins which can improve your mood and give you more energy for the day. Start with simple exercises like walking, stretching, or yoga to help build strength without putting too much strain on your body.

4. Ask for help – Don’t be afraid to ask family members or friends for assistance when needed. It takes a village to raise a child and having someone around who can lend a hand can be invaluable during this time.

5. Connect with other new moms – Having a support system of other new moms can be key to getting through the postpartum period. Talking with people who have gone through or are currently going through the same experience can provide comfort and understanding.

6. Take time for yourself – As a new mom, it’s easy to put your own needs on the back burner while caring for your baby. But don’t forget to take some time every day to do something that brings you joy and helps you relax, whether it’s reading a book, journaling, meditating, or taking a leisurely walk outside.

You Are Not Alone in Your Postpartum Recovery, We Can Help

Physical therapy is a great way to help you during postpartum recovery. Exercise is good for the body physically and mentally. We understand that you will have very little time to try to come up with the best plan of care after birth. So, let us help by coming in and seeing our team!

We want to help, so contact our Arvada location today to schedule a time to come see us.  Contact our team or schedule a free postpartum assessment so we can start to work together to find a treatment plan just for you.

All you need to do is tell us a bit about what’s going on through this quick form and we will have a conversation about how we may be able to help.

You can also give us a call at (720) 722-0685. 

See you soon,

Dr. Casey

Other Free Resources That Discuss The Importance Of Strengthening Your Core

Free Guide – Postpartum Recovery

Read our blog – Exercises That Can Help Strengthen Your Core

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