Hello from Ives & Christy
Our desire is that the ula and us blog inspires, educates, and provides practical tips and tricks to help you conquer your individual summits.
Okay mama, get ready for some of the most magical moments of your life. Along with sleepless nights, a lot of diaper blow outs, tears (happy and sad... hello hormones), snuggles, bliss, leaky engorged boobs, helplessness, hopefulness, peace, and joy like you have never experienced before. Becoming a mama is life changing and although I am not claiming to be an expert, I think the more we talk about the postpartum experience the more normalized it will become. Every woman's journey will look different, but I hope to help new mamas out by letting you in on not only what helped me throughout this period, but also what I could have done differently to aid me further in my recovery looking back a year later.
As Ives becomes a mama and we both obtain our postpartum exercise certificate through Dr. Sarah Duvall, we will begin to share more about the postpartum experience specific to exercise and how to approach recovery from that aspect, but I first wanted to dive into tools to help during those first 30 days of baby's arrival.
There is no one size fits all and there will be challenges and obstacles you will need to navigate yourself, but learning from others who align with your values and vibe is important too! To make it easy, I have broken it down into three main categories: Nutrition/Food, Physical, and Mental/Emotional health. When it comes to physical and especially mental/emotional this post just scratches the surface. Hormones play a huge role in your postpartum mental health and as always, seek guidance from a professional if you don't feel like yourself or need help navigating postpartum depression/anxiety. It's real and it's okay. You are never alone <3.
That wraps it up! These are the to tools that come to my mind and if you are a mama yourself, PLEASE PLEASE share any essential tools/resources that helped you in the first 30 days postpartum.