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Things to normalise for the fourth trimester

Postpartum isn’t what most new mums expect.


If we can encourage our sisters to take time in the early postpartum period to rest & recuperate, they will come out the other side of the fourth trimester ready (I mean, are we ever really ready?!) to tackle the next set of challenges as their baby grows & (both) their bodies continue change.


WHY?

-Rest is important for the body to use its energy to focus on healing the body after labour & birth (yes, even if they had a caesarean),

-it's important to allow mum to feel safe/supported so the hormone oxytocin can still work its magic for bonding with baby, and

-rest is whatever the mum perceives as rest (ideally doing something where she can't hear baby crying if baby is in the loving arms of another). Rest could be reading a book with headphones in, it could be sitting in the car going for a short drive… talking to a friend. Of course sleep is rest too, where we know the body does an excellent job (thank you Lord) at reconfiguring & healing.


So, I say for the first forty days atleast, lets normalise:

💛5-5-5 RULE - 5 DAYS IN BED, 5 DAYS ON, 5 NEAR

💛STAYING HOME IN YOUR BUBBLE

💛SAYING NO TO VISITORS (IF YOU WISH)

💛SLEEPING AT ANY AND ALL TIMES OF DAY

💛CUDDLING & RESPONDING TO YOUR BABY AS MUCH AS YOU WANT

💛CRYING... A LOT!

💛NOT GETTING OUT OF PYJAMAS

💛NOT BEING SUPER ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR TEXT


What else would you add?

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