Ladies, I cannot stress this enough. Please carve out a period of time post-birth to just simply be, rest and bond with your new baby. I see women out all the time, right after birth, running around like crazy, doing a million things, only to totally crash 4-6 months later.
During pregnancy, your internal being and body are going through a HUGE transformation. It takes a lot of energy to make and birth a baby, and your body needs time to recover and regain its strength. You need the space to integrate this new part of yourself and new baby into your life! By surrendering and allowing yourself to have this sacred space and time, you will be able to find your way and better understand your baby’s needs.
There is a concept, called the 40-Day Rule, that is practiced in cultures all over the world. Traditionally, the new mom stays home for the first 40-days post birth, and just relaxes and bonds with her baby. During this time period, the women from her family or community come to bring food, do light chores, run errands and watch the baby, so that the new mom can shower, eat and even sleep for a little bit. Many of us don’t live near our families and, unfortunately, some are uncomfortable asking others for help. I highly suggest hiring a postpartum doula that can come in for a few hours a day to help support you!
I have talked about the post birth period as a time of integration and transition. A butterfly that emerges from its cocoon doesn’t fly right away. It hangs onto the cocoon, flapping its wings for while before it flies. Post birth, you are that emerging butterfly. The more you can just STOP, hang out and find your way, the easier time you will have with this life changing transition. The stronger your wings will be to fly. In order for your baby to thrive and imprint properly, they must return to their original home or habitat after birth. And this is being with you.
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