Finding JOY in motherhood during postpartum doesn’t always come easy.
yes, you are happy your baby is finally in your arms but
there are a lot of emotions that come with the postpartum journey.
I spent months physically preparing for my son to arrive: washing his clothes, assembling the nursery furniture, cleaning, etc.
But one thing that I never considered was mental preparation.
Whether you have a c-section or you deliver naturally, your body has to recover from literally building another life inside of you.
Not every woman’s body bounces back in two weeks like social media wants to make you believe.
Your hormones are trying to rebalance themselves and you are adjusting to new schedule along with sleep-deprivation.
Let’s be honest.
You are exhausted!
Getting into a new routine of late-night feedings and diaper changes doesn’t always produce joy.
Sometimes finding joy in motherhood during postpartum seems impossible & even leads to Postpartum Depression.
Here a few tips on how to battle the lows during postpartum and find the joy in it!
The main reason I was overly emotional and anything but joyful during postpartum was because I was exhausted!
I didn’t have a trouble sleeping while I was pregnant,
and I went from sleeping 9-10 hours a day to barely sleeping at all.
I felt like taking a nap made me a bad mom
but the truth is, not resting made me a a bad mom because I wasn’t enjoying my son
because I was too tired.
It’s ok to ask for help from others!
Don’t feel like you have to do all the cooking, cleaning, and daily chores in order to be a good mom.
Your main focus during postpartum needs to be taking care of that new baby and bonding with him/her.
Releasing the pressure of maintaining a perfect house during this season
will help you to find joy during postpartum.
It doesn’t last forever
The long nights, cluster feedings, and feeling like a zombie doesn’t last forever.
Eventually things normalize.
Or at least you get used to your new definition of what normal looks like.
Try to enjoy every single moment.
Don’t worry about your body- you can work out later.
Don’t worry about your hair- you’ll wash it again some day ; )
Focus on the new life you created.
Instead of stressing, just laugh about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
No matter what you have to clean up that blowout and change your shirt full of spit-up.
Instead of stressing about it, find JOY in every moment during postpartum!