Warrior mums, check out these helpful tips for boosting your postpartum recovery without using any harsh chemicals.
We’re all eager to recover quickly after having a baby, forever trying to ‘bounce back’ or ‘tighten up’. Well babes, we’ll be the first to tell you that it’s perfectly fine to be a non-elasticated new mum in generously elasticated lounge pants, but we know that urge too well. After you’ve endured a hefty bodily revolution such as giving birth, it’s nice to feel just a little bit more like yourself again.
Whilst there’s no need to push your body to its pre-pregnancy limits, a little bit of normality is exactly what we need to keep us feeling motivated into new motherhood. Having a baby is a crazy time, and we need to be aware of keeping our mental and physical health on track.
Natural solutions to natural problems
Though tradition tells us we should keep ‘women’s problems’ hush hush, postnatal recovery is a natural part of motherhood. Pop that in your pipe, patriarchy. There are lots of ways to encourage healing naturally, so you don’t have to compromise on your ingredient preferences.
NESSA’s range of postnatal recovery products are designed to soothe postnatal bodies naturally. We specialise in helping new mums feel a bit more like themselves.
Healing your perineum
Let’s dive straight into the deep end. Vaginal childbirth can cause upheaval down there. If you gave birth vaginally, you’ll want to take extra care of your perineum afterwards. It’s common to feel apprehensive about the slightest cough or giggle after giving birth, for fear that your vagina will explode. Exploding vaginas aside (sorry for the mental imagery), you’ll want to take extra care when washing and going to the toilet.
Spray the area with water before urinating, to prevent urine irritating delicate or inflamed skin. You could also try using warm sitz baths in the morning and evening, to allow the water to soothe torn skin.
Vagina Victory Oil
VVO, as it is affectionately called, provides relief from discomforts caused by pregnancy and childbirth.
VVO is rich in antioxidants, butters and oils to help moisturise intimate skin and restore elasticity to vaginal tissue. Is that what they mean by ‘bouncing back’? Hello elastic vagina.
You can apply VVO from 34 weeks of pregnancy using the perineal massage technique. And it is super important to continue these massages post vaginal birth, to reduce scar tissue, and to increase elasticity. Check out our video tutorials here.
Recovery for C-Section Scars
Caring for your c-section scar is pivotal to promoting healing. Clean your incision once a day with scent-free soap and water, and dry with a clean towel.
If your postnatal body is coated in warrior marks, Scar Saviour is your best pal. This little balm is packed with powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Turmeric and marshmallow and liquorice roots penetrate deep into the skin to accelerate scar recovery.
If you’re using Scar Saviour on your c-section, it can be used as soon as your c-section stitches have been removed. A little goes a long way, simply massage the balm into your skin with circular motions and enjoy the goodness of this pot of goodness. Watch our Scar Massage videos with top physio here
Nourish your body
You might not be eating for two anymore, but your diet still needs to pack a hefty punch when it comes to nutrition. Be sure to eat food that contains quality anti-inflammatory ingredients. Turmeric is a brilliant anti-inflammatory and you can sneak it into eggs, chicken or pasta dishes to reduce inflammation.
Eating well can also promote regular bowel movements, which is key to reducing strain. No new mum wants to be tensing down there. Try to eat a fiber rich diet, and drink plenty of water.
Drink raspberry-leaf tea
A remedy passed down through generations of warrior women. Raspberry leaf tea is a great option both during pregnancy and after giving birth. Raspberry leaf helps restore the womb and promotes quicker healing to reduce blood-loss
Kegels, kegels, kegels
So important we said it three times. That’s how many sets you should aim for daily. As well as strengthening your pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and birth, kegels, or pelvic floor exercises, help re-tighten your muscles postpartum.
Tighter muscles = greater bladder control and more enjoyable sex for you and your partner. Perform these exercises as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, remembering just to tense your pelvic floor and let your stomach and anal muscles stay relaxed. Aim for 10-20 reps and three sets per day, starting off slowly and building up to this goal.
Stay limber to encourage optimum movement. There’s no need to smash out intense HIIT or strength workouts. In fact, you should avoid strenuous exercise within the first six weeks of recovery, especially if you’ve had a C-section. Instead, opt for low-impact and low-intensity exercises that will help your body recover whilst not pushing it too hard.
Head over to our IGTV to see Charlie from @bumpsandburpees talk us through some pregnancy-safe exercises that could also be adapted for use during postpartum.