Whether you’ve just had your first baby or your fourth, the early days with a newborn can be a shock to the system. In addition to your child, your own postpartum body will likely need some TLC as well. You may have your sleepy hands full with midnight feedings and diaper changes, but there are a few natural products you can squeeze in for yourself to make life as a new mom easier.
If you’re lucky, your post-baby body will bounce back before your baby lets out that first adorable coo. For moms like me, however, it can take a bit longer to get back to normal. The hardest part can be remembering to take care of yourself when you’re so busy caring for your little one. With a newborn and a 5-year-old, some days I’m lucky if I get a chance to get dressed.
I found that paring down my usual beauty routine to a few key basics makes it more manageable. Moisturizer is essential to any skin care routine, but especially postpartum when your belly is shrinking back to size. I try to take one quick minute to moisturize my skin, especially my stomach, before hitting the sack each night.
In the early days of motherhood, you will spend a lot of time in close contact with your baby—especially if you’re breastfeeding or enjoying some beneficial skin-to-skin time. So it’s important to be aware of the products you’re putting on your own skin and how they might affect your baby. You may want to avoid anything overly scented when picking a moisturizer, and stick with natural products that exclude parabens and other synthetic additives, like Tom’s of Maine natural Body Lotion.
2. Bath Soap
It’s amazing how much you take hot showers for granted until you become a new parent. Now, I value a five-minute rinse, but even a few short minutes feels heavenly when you’re exhausted and covered in spit up.
Motherhood isn’t easy, and it’s important to find time every day to relax and rejuvenate—even if it’s only a few minutes. For me, that time is in the shower. Taking just a moment to unwind without anyone calling for me is enough to give me a boost for the day. It’s not exactly a day at the spa, but adding a lavender soap like Tom’s of Maine Relaxing Natural Beauty Bar helps me relax and wash the chaos away.
3. Lip Balm
When my best friend came to visit me in the hospital, she arrived carrying a giant gift basket full of post-pregnancy must-haves. Aside from the tasty snacks to make up for the bland hospital food, the best item she included was lip balm. After all those hours in labor with nothing but ice chips, my lips were in desperate need of moisturizing.
Beyond its hydrating qualities, a natural tinted lip balm or lip shimmer like Tom’s of Maine Natural Lip Shimmer is the perfect way to gussy up that only-got-three-hours-of-sleep look you’ll be sporting for a while.
Nonetheless, there’s no better way to keep yourself hydrated and healthy than drinking water. Right after delivery, nurses thrust a cup full of ice-cold water at you, and keep that cup brimming the rest of your stay in the hospital. It’s important to keep that steady flow going once you get home. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, avoids the fatigue caused by dehydration, and maintains your milk supply if you’re breastfeeding.
Because it is so easy to forget my own needs when I’m focused on my new adorable baby, I leave cups full of water all over the house—especially by my bed, next to my rocking chair, and by the couch. That way, if I get stuck holding or rocking my baby to sleep in one spot, I will always have water close by.
Caring for your baby will always be your number-one priority as a new mom, but how well you take care of youself will dictate how well you can care for others. Just a just a few moments of personal time can make things a lot less stressful. What natural products do you use to recharge? Share in the comments!
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