Are you doing it all?
This might sound obvious…but poor maternal mental health during the postpartum period can significantly affect your health and that of your infant and family. 😅 No pressure, right?!
But the solution to this is *relatively* simple: social support is an important part of managing stress and maternal mental health. They are inextricably linked. Several studies have found that your satisfaction with social support reduces stress and improves maternal mental health.
Here are three super-exciting findings you can turn into action items for your postpartum plan:
1. The more support you receive from your partner (giddy up, paid parental leave!), the less likely you are to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, even under stressful conditions.
2. The satisfaction of support from your parents boosts your sense of competency.
3. Your satisfaction with emotional support from medical professionals[KD6] will temper the inherent stress you experience during the postpartum period
What does this mean for you? Building a supportive, compassionate, and client-centered birth and postpartum team is essential to your mental health, confidence as a new parent, and satisfaction with your delivery and recovery.
It's never too late to get support, change providers, or reach out for help.
You deserve all the love and care in the world during one of the most significant transitions of your life.
To kick off the development of your postpartum plan, we've built the most extensive, actionable guide possible because we know it inspires cringes to ask for help. But growing a baby, birthing it, and taking care of it while healing and potentially getting ready to go back to work is too much for one family to take on. And as tropey as this sounds, it does take a village to raise a child (and a parent!).
If you find yourself saying any of the following:
· "I wish someone would have told me…"
· "I feel like I'm all alone."
· "I'm not sure how to adjust my expectations of what postpartum and parenthood would look like."
· "I just don't feel like myself."
· "I'm struggling to keep up with…"
Then you might need support. You're not the first. You won't be the last. To become a happy parent, learn the art of delegation. Here's how:
◍ Part 1: First 6 weeks postpartum
Avoid house chores. Delegate, boss! Here are the top ways you can delegate to family and friends:
Request gift cards during your pregnancy, so you're ready postpartum.
Request a gift card for grocery services. Here are two we love:
● Shipt: For same-day grocery delivery.
● Instacart. Select no-cook, fast-meal prep, easy-to-eat one-handed food.
To make this even easier for you, here are a few real, organic, and healthy food items you can order through these companies. We love using the app Fooducate to rate the quality of ingredients used in each product. The following things get an A- to A+ on the app for their organic, real ingredients:
○ Rader Farms Organic Fresh Start Smoothie Blend
○ Mamma Chia Squeeze Blackberry Bliss
○ Made in Nature Goji Berries
○ Manitoba Organic Hemp Hearts
○ Kirkland Signature Eggs Hard Boiled
○ Perfect Foods Organic Protein Bars
○ Love Organic Beets
○ Organic Wholly Guacamole
○ Maya Kaimal Simmer Sauce Vindaloo & Coconut Curry
○ Tropicland Organic Cauliflower Rice
○ Mass River Farms Organic Butternut Squash
○ Don Lee Farms Veggie Bowl
○ Golden Ladle Chicken Broth for Sipping