Postpartum recovery can be difficult, these postpartum affirmations will help you prepare you mind for what happens after labor and delivery.
I am currently four months postpartum with my third baby and I have to be honest, after every baby I’ve been surprised at just how difficult the postpartum period really is. This time around was no exception, in fact it was my hardest fourth trimester yet. Since I have two older kids who aren’t really interested in sitting around all day while I nap and nurse the baby, I was back into my routine early on. And I found myself needing more encouragement than before. That’s why I wrote these postpartum affirmations for myself and decided to share them with you!
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5 Reasons Why You Need Postpartum Affirmations
Words are Powerful
Words are incredibly powerful and carry more meaning than we realize. You know that old saying “you are what you eat”? Well I think it should go more like this: “you are what you think.”
After you deliver your baby your body is different, your hormones are crazy, you’re sleep deprived, and your entire world has been flipped upside down and turned inside out. It’s easy to start dwelling on negative thoughts:
“When will my body look ‘normal’ again?”
“Why aren’t I a better mom?”
“This will never get better.”
But those kinds of thoughts aren’t helpful and they won’t help you heal. Instead repeating positive, uplifting phrases to yourself can help you through this major life change.
It’s a Form of Self-Care
We all need a little more self care, and you’ll probably find you need more self care than usual during your postpartum period. Repeating positive postpartum affirmations to yourself can be an excellent form of self care.
Postpartum Affirmations are Helpful for Your Partner, too
My husband is an excellent parenting partner. He’s not afraid to change diapers, burp the baby, and entertain the older boys while I nurse and take much needed naps and showers. But sometimes he doesn’t say what I need to hear. I need to be babied in those early months post-pregnancy.
I need to doted on and encouraged more than ever. Postpartum affirmations are a great place for him to start with some simple words/phrases of encouragement.
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Postpartum Affirmations Can Help Battle the Postpartum Blues
I think a lot of women, if not most women, experience some level of the postpartum blues. I’m not talking about full blown postpartum depression, that’s different and should be addressed by a medical professional. What I’m talking about are the blues or sad feelings that come with all the hormone changes, life changes, and sleep deprivation.
I’ve found that repeating simple and affirming phrases over and over helps me to combat those yucky, mopey feelings that hit around 6-8 weeks postpartum. Chocolate helps too, but that’s a different story! (I have a whole post filled with awesome tips for helping the postpartum blues, click here to read it!)
They Affirm Who You are NOW!
From the second we pop that baby out women are
encouraged pushed to try to get back to the person they were before baby. We’re supposed to lose the baby weight, go back to work, and act like nothing ever happened.
But that’s not reality.
The reality is that your life is forever changed. And that’s a GOOD thing. Don’t waste your time trying to get back to who you were, instead embrace who you are NOW. A mother, and there is no higher calling than that. Embrace your wobbly bits and those giant (and sometimes saggy) breasts and get back to snuggling that sweet baby. Time really does fly and before you know it they’ll be running around the house drawing on the walls with a marker and smashing snacks into the carpet!
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Taking care of your body after pregnancy is vital to your health and long term recovery. But taking care of your mind is just as important. These postpartum affirmations will help you feel encouraged and secure in your motherhood!
If you have a different affirmation that has helped you please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear!
Good luck and happy mothering!