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November 04, 2022
Author Marcie Macari had this to say about childbirth...
“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.”
The process of shuttling new life into this world is nothing short of miraculous, and the transformations and adjustments that take place within our bodies to make this happen are breathtaking.
The childbirth experience is a journey like no other, but too many new mothers succumb to the societal pressure that throws out trauma-inducing phrases like “bouncing back” and notions of “fitting into pre-pregnancy clothing” within six of delivery…
As if what was before “was” normal…which means what currently is…isn’t.
The truth is post-partum recovery is an integral part of the childbirth journey. It isn’t something to “get over”. It is a time to honor the body that served you and your beautiful baby so faithfully.
And so today, we’d like to offer 3 ways you can honor post-partum as you transition from child-birthing to the child-rearing phase of motherhood.
Spend time mindfully thanking your body for all the hard work it put into delivering your baby. As you process the physical changes that took place, avoid negative self-talk.
Thank your body for gaining the weight necessary to nourish your baby.
Be grateful that your body was able to stretch in a way that accommodated and supported your growing child.
Adopting a spirit of gratitude allows you to see your body through a lens of wonder and appreciation.
Post-partum journeys are like fingerprints—no two are the same. And recovery for one mom can (and should!) look quite different from the recovery of others.
Now is the time to reward your body by giving her what she needs. That may mean a warm bath each day with plenty of bubbles and soothing music playing in the background. Or it could mean eating a delicious meal full of nutrient-rich foods that you absolutely love.
And be sure to make time to move your body in a way that feels good and restorative. Go for a walk. Sit in the fresh air. Enjoy a restorative yoga class. Do what feels like a reward for the hard work you’ve put in over the last nine months.
We hope these suggestions lead you to fall more in love with your incredible physical form…with your body that instinctively engaged in a sacred act that women have been performing for millennia and one that is as natural as breathing.
As Virginia DiOrio, Executive Director of Health Education Associates, once noted, “Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”
Well done, mama. Well done.
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