June 1, 2015
I posted this picture to social media 4 days after I had Mabel, outside of the restaurant where we had her little baby shower luncheon with Jim’s co-workers.
And then I broke the internet.
Not really, but it kind of seemed that way. I had a few people ask me how in the world I did it, to write a post or two about postpartum recovery, and there might have been a few Kate Middleton references(if that was you, God bless you and keep you forever)
I’m no expert. I’ve only had two babies. But this is what I have done to help me get back to “normal” as quickly as possible.
And lest you think I’m a freak of nature or something- I’m still the same night sweating, milk leaking, bleeding, and healing Mama as anyone else.
One: My Mom is here to help
This is the biggest and most important one. My “job” while Mom is here is to rest, recover, and to feed and take care of Mabel. Pretty much all I do at home is lay on the couch/bed, nurse constantly, and shower/get ready when I feel like handing over my baby for snuggles. Which isn’t that often because I’m a newborn baby hog.
Two: Wear black. Wear stretchy fabrics. Choose flattering angles.
In the above picture, I am doing all three things. Black is everyone’s favorite color to wear for a reason. It is smoothing and slimming. By wearing a black (nursing) tank, paired with a black skirt, it gives a much better body illusion than if I had broken things up with multiple colors. My scarf covers up my nursing accessibility, and my cardigan covers up my back fat.
Additionally, I’m standing in a way that is more flattering and I also have a baby in a blanket covering up most of my tummy.
Three: Use a belly bandit.
I used one with Abigail religiously. This time around I pretty much only wear it when I’m going out and about and go free when I’m around the house, but it helps me feel SO much better. Just less “loose” and flabby, and more put together. If you’ve been thinking about investing in one of these I highly recommend it!
Four: Take your pain pills, drink lots of water, eat plenty of food.
I have hardly taken anything this time around, but if I feel a little crampy or yucky, no reason to be a martyr. I take a few ibuprofen and it helps me feel way better. Along with this, I’ve been chugging the water out of my “cool souvenir from the hospital” (as Abigail says) and have been forcing myself to eat plenty- even though my appetite strangely hasn’t really returned yet since delivery.
Five: Do your hair and makeup, only if you feel like it!
I am a minimalist when it comes to hair and make up anyway- maybe someday you’ll be lucky enough to get a post about my routine- but it only takes me about five minutes to do my makeup and if I actually take the time to style my hair, I don’t wash it for a few days to get some more wear out of it. I don’t mind going fresh faced at home, but I always toss something on and pull my hair up/back/pinned before heading out anywhere.
And that’s pretty much it.
What are your best postpartum tips and tricks?
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