It was around 3 months postpartum; my hair started to fall out, the glow had faded and my extra happy hormones were waving goodbye as they slowly departed. My glorious 9-month journey of bliss had come to an end and I didn’t like the way I started to feel.
Transitioning into motherhood was by far one of the hardest jobs I HAVE (not for everyone) ever experienced; the term emotional roller coaster was an understatement. I found myself trying to hold onto my pre-baby life: friends, routines and old habits. Something inside of me didn’t want to let go, but I knew for my emotional wellbeing- I had to.
I learned early on that I was going to have to find my tribe; women who would understand, empathize and ones that I could laugh + cry with. It was also imperative that I found ways to support myself: emotionally, mentally and physically.
Support started to come to me in various ways:
Foods: I never realized food had such an impact on hormones, but I quickly found out (through my own research) which ones would benefit me, and started incorporating them into my diet daily!
Nuts/ Seeds – almonds, hemp, flax
Wild Caught Salmon
Dark leafy greens – brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus
Bright colored veggies: carrots, beets, cabbage, root vegetables – sweet potato, squash, turnip (all in season!)
I love this recipe for breakfast and this is a good one for dinner!
Another big piece for ME was eliminating sugar (yes even natural sugar- honey, maple syrup, bananas etc.). It wasn’t agreeing with my body and I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I had experienced mood and emotional changes, anxiety, itchy skin, lack of energy and I always had the need for more and more sugar once I started eating it. Another post about sugar coming later!
Acupuncture: One of my favorite forms of relaxation! I did this pre pregnancy, during and after, which helped me de-stress, bring my body back into balance, move stuck energy and much more. Read more here on acupuncture!
Yoga: One of the best ways for me to quiet the mind, tune in and connect with myself. I did this pre, post and during my pregnancy, as well. Yoga is good for so many aspects of life: mind, body and spirit.
Another piece of my postpartum journey has been to utilize my support system. I connected with a therapist who also does reiki and other alternative therapies. I not only have a PCP, but I also see a functional medicine doctor as well. I have been blessed with amazing family, friends and mama friends with whom I connect with daily.
Becoming a mom was one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for. The deep connection, unconditional love and new experiences daily always keep me smiling. A blessing for sure to have the opportunity to re-birth my own wellness. A chance to heal, yet again on a different level. A chance to listen to my body a little closer. And a chance to feel whole again!