Between my friends and patients, it has been a baby boom these last couple of weeks! I wanted to pop on and share my top two post partum tips. No, it’s not core activation or early hip strengthening, this is much more important! Drumroll please… It’s rest, and fueling! Seriously, though! Both these things put important measures in place to help with early tissue healing and minimize further damage!
As far as rest, I like to reference the old advice given to Tour de France cyclists: don’t stand at a time that you could be sitting and don’t sit at a time that you could be lying down. Laying down, especially is important because it takes pressure off of your healing, pelvic floor, perineal, wounds, and or C-section scar.
As far as nutrition, you literally are healing a placenta wound on your uterus, the size of a dinner plate, and any incision or tear areas that have been repaired. Also, for those who are producing milk, a lot of fuel goes into that as well! For a person who was 150 pounds before pregnancy, dietitian, @lilynicholsrdn
recommends 130 g of protein per day during the postpartum period! That’s a lot and you really have to plan to get it! Lean on your friends and family that offer to help! hire a post partum July! If you are still pregnant, fill that freezer with all the nourishing goodies that will help you during this time!
And for those of you with postpartum people in your life, whether days, weeks, months, or years postpartum, this is your reminder to drop off a meal, send a DoorDash gift card or help take some thing off their plate so they can rest!