Are your back and neck aching because you fell asleep in the rocking chair as you were trying to nurse and get your baby back to sleep? When a baby’s sleep schedule changes during the postpartum rest and recovery period, then inevitably your sleep schedule changes, too. How can you get good rest in the midst of the unpredictable postpartum schedule?
Whether it’s running to grab a coffee or going for a walk, make sure that you are taking time to be in your own head and in your own space for a little while each day. Being in a different environment for a little while allows your brain and body to reset. If you find yourself not meeting your postpartum rest goals of exercising and eating well, remember that recovery from giving birth happens at a different rate for every parent.
By and large, the U.S. doesn’t do a good job of taking care of its new parents. Historically there were cultural norms that allowed for postpartum rest and recovery, but in our fast-paced society of dual income households, there is no room for parents to rest much less relax after a baby is born. It may seem like you are alone, but whether you are feeling the signs of postpartum depression or your body is still recovering, know that there is help available. Make sure to do your research and take steps to allow yourself and your family time to have postpartum rest during these crucial months of a new member joining your pack!
Sleep deprivation and being constantly needed by your baby result in fatigue, bad sleep patterns, and soreness. Taking time to recognize these causes and the effects they have on your body is important to helping your body and mind rest. When you tune into your body, you feel more centered and at peace, which will provide a calm presence for your baby.
If you find yourself experiencing continual pain and soreness during your postpartum recovery, you can always contact a physical therapist to help you assess your pain and create an exercise plan to help you recover.