5 Practical Ways to Support a Postpartum Woman

Practical Ways to Help a New Mom in the Postpartum Period

Practical ways to help in the postpartum period Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness

Do you know someone who just recently had a baby? Did you wonder how you could support her?

Here are some practical ways to help her out:

Coffee

Bring her a coffee + leave it on her doorstep without asking to come in and see the baby. Those first couple of months there isn’t a whole lot of sleep going on. She’ll appreciate the caffeine boost without worrying about what she or her house looks like.

Understanding

Be understanding of her flexible/inflexible schedule. It may look easy to tote a newborn around, but there is a lot of planning that goes into each outing. How much time do I have until babe’s next feeding? What if I need to pump too? What if babe is “having a day that day?” These are all thoughts running through her head every time she leaves the house.

Ask

Ask her how she is doing. Maybe birth went perfectly. Maybe she has a rockstar newborn with a perfect latch. Maybe everything is peachy-keen. But maybe it’s not. Lend her a listening ear with no judgement and without providing advice unless she asks for it. Just be there for her.

Affirmation

Text her and simply tell her she’s doing a great job. Mama’s do not hear this enough and words of affirmation go a long way.

Resources

Send her to Breathe. for some self-care. We see mama’s every day who have delivered vaginally, had a c-section, delivered in hospitals, delivered at home, are first-time moms, or have a whole crew at home. All are welcome, and we’re here to say – you matter. Kiddos won’t remember if they lived in a perfect home or had all the latest and greatest toys. When they look back on their childhood they will remember they were loved, and that starts with a happy + healthy mama.

I hope these tips + tricks help the new mama in your life, and if that new mama is you pay special attention to tip #5. We’re here for you. Give us a call at 515-255-3932 to set-up your appointment today!

Breathe. is a three-clinic holistic physical therapy practice in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Iowa City / Cedar Rapids area specializing in dry needling, dra, pants peeing, women’s health, pregnancy/postpartum pain and recovery and pelvic floor dysfunction. Learn more at www.breatheptw.com

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