3 Simple Ways To Find Gratitude In Postpartum
Welcoming a new baby into the world is an incredible gift. Yet, despite this amazing accomplishment, it can feel hard to love your body in its new form as you bring baby home and find gratitude in new beginnings. So much has changed for you physically, mentally, and emotionally but we’re here to remind you that you are not alone. Though it may not feel like it right now, you are stronger and more beautiful than ever.
Self care may look a little different for a while.
In this season of life, it’s ok to slow down and take care of yourself as you heal in postpartum. Actually, it’s necessary. You may not be able to hit the spa right away, but why not create your own little bedside oasis right at home? Gather a basket or bag of items to help you stay comfortable and feeling in control. Fill it with goodies that make you feel great, your favorite candle, snacks, magazines, a tumbler to stay hydrated, and don’t be afraid to invest in quality products that will make your life better, like our warming double massager, original lactation massager, and silver nursing cups.
"Having breastfed 7 children including 3 sets of twins, I was quite skeptical when I saw this product. But ladies, this is not just another gimmick to get a few more of your hard-earned dollars. I have noticed decreased pumping time, increased milk output, and increased overall supply. As a working mom this helps me take shorter pump breaks on the job." - LaVie Mom Customer, May 23, 2018
This is also a key time to ask for help when you need it. Lean on your support system and give yourself grace with scheduling so you can enjoy a hot shower, a nap, and maximize sleep windows.
Your body is so much more than what it looks like in the mirror - it’s a miracle.
We know it can be hard, but finding spots throughout your day to reflect on your journey and revel in those bite-size moments with your little one are a crucial part of the healing process. Consider easy 5-minute meditations or some simple breath work - this is particularly useful when the baby is crying as it will help you learn how to regulate your own emotions. You can also recite your favorite feel-good mantras, take pictures, get fresh air when you’re feeling up for it, start a journal, jot thoughts down on your phone during naptime or just take a mental note as you hold your sweet little one - YOU did that and, trust us when we say, it goes by so fast.
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Lean on your inner circle
Support is everything, which is why it’s so important (and fun) to connect with other moms who are going through what you are. Mom meetups allow you to share and process your journey in a shame-free, non-judgemental space in real-time and it truly helps immensely. Look to online communities on social media like our Facebook, Facebook group, Instagram and TikTok channels. You can also keep an eye out for local networks and meetups to make new mom friends. And, continue to lean on your inner circle of family and non-parent friends for support too - even something as simple as a funny video or coffee drop-off will do wonders for you. On the flip side, we can’t stress enough how important it is to set healthy boundaries with the ones you love. This may be new and exciting for them, too, but this journey is deeply personal to you and your significant other. Don’t be afraid to push back when it feels a bit overwhelming - this is especially important during the holiday season when extended family tends to flood together to celebrate and catch up on numerous occasions.
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"I love these. They work well, get warm enough and have two massage settings that are very powerful. I love that you can tuck them into a nursing bra and not have to hold them if you don’t want to." - LaVie Mom Customer, October 13, 2022
The bottomline is: you are amazing, and your journey is yours. At a time of the year when we’re all thinking about gratitude and appreciation, take some time to feel all those things for yourself and what you’ve accomplished. Love your body for all that it is -you just grew a human, after all. Today, we hope you take a moment for self-care in whatever shape or form that looks like to you and thank your body along the way for all that it does. Mom, you are worthy of so much love and gratitude -don’t ever forget that.