Recently, I wrote about my own experience with baby blues on Modern Parenting. It happened a few days right after I gave birth to my baby girl, Cambria. It was during the holidays and the beginning of the Omicron surge, which fueled my anxiety as a first-time mom even more. If you haven’t yet, I hope you can read the article. Because apart from talking about my baby blues, I also listed a few tips that I hope can help other moms. Postpartum care is so crucial not just for a mother’s physical recovery. But most importantly, for her mental and emotional state as well.
The Importance of Postpartum Care
According to Healthline, the postpartum period refers to the first six weeks after giving birth. It’s a huge period of healing and adjustment. While I enjoyed taking care of and bonding with my baby, there were some days I struggled. Mostly because it was my first time breastfeeding and I had to power through the pain of sore nipples. But also because I wanted to be the best mother that I could be to Cambria, and at times I doubted myself. Combine that with exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and pandemic anxiety—it was a recipe that truly triggered my emotional imbalance.
The Power of a Mom Tribe
During the nights that I was struggling, I was so thankful and lucky to have received an immense amount of support from fellow moms. Some were already good friends while some were acquaintances who I suddenly felt an instant connection with. They understood what I was going through and assured me that things would get better. To this day, we still talk on Instagram and I know that they’ll always be part of my “mom tribe”.
A Message to Moms on Postpartum Care
If you’re a mom who just gave birth and find yourself having a difficult time, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. You’ll be surprised by how willing people are to do so. Whether it’s watching the baby for a few minutes so you can have some time for yourself, or talking to other moms to get their advice or support. These things can definitely help with your postpartum care. You can also message me on Instagram @gretchengatan! I always try my best to answer right away.
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