I have been asked recently how I am doing postpartum—after a high risk and very difficult pregnancy (I was sick and miserable the entire 9 months), I didn’t know how my body would bounce back. And thankfully, I honestly feel great!
But, I know for a fact that the hormone and adrenal prep I did before pregnancy as well as during pregnancy has made a huge difference! The choices you make today truly do affect you in the months to come.
I am by no means a mom expert at this point, but know for certain that intentionally choosing to take care of myself and support my adrenal glands has in fact made me a better mother and better able to take care of our sweet Remington. You see, if you go down, your baby will suffer as a result! Remember that the better you feel, the better you will be able to take care of your baby.
Babies, well and all humans for that matter, sense stress and they feed off of that stress! The more calm you can be, despite what you may be feeling, the more calm your baby will be and that will translate into a happier baby, a happier parent and better sleep for all!
Adrenal fatigue is no joke and something that a majority of women suffer from in some degree or another—but as a new mom, you just grew a baby and if breastfeeding are continuing to grow a baby! Your body prioritizes nourishing your baby over you, so it’s up to YOU to take care of yourself!
For a complete adrenal support plan, check out my mini workshop “Understanding & Recovering from Adrenal Fatigue Naturally.”
5 Ways to Support Your Adrenals After Baby
Snuggle Your Baby
Oxytocin, the love hormone, is released when breastfeeding, snuggling or hugging! So snuggle that sweet baby—the pile of laundry can wait. Oxytocin and cortisol (the stress hormone) are on opposing teams, so when one goes up the other goes down—translation: when you boost your oxytocin, you naturally decrease your cortisol and thus help your adrenal glands.
Get Help or Ask for Help
Most likely as the mother you are the babies primary care giver, especially if you are breastfeeding. But YOU have to take care of yourself and ask for help. Maybe that is having a friend come watch your little one so you can take a long, hot shower or even go get your nails done. Maybe its getting takeout or actually taking your neighbor up on that home cooked meal offer. Maybe you just need to sit in your car for 10 minutes and blast your favorite Taylor Swift song (this was me the other day). Maybe you need to pump daily and have someone else take over one of your baby’s feedings. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, people truly do want to help and encourage you! Remember, you are not weak for asking for help, you are strong enough to realize that you will be a better mom and human when you do!
Figure Out a Consistent Eating Routine
Just as your baby needs a consistent eating routine, YOU as the primary caregiver do too. What happens when you skip or delay meals? Well, your body and blood sugar have to work harder to sustain your functioning, thus greatly adding stress to your adrenal glands. When you go too long without food, your body will be attempting to play “catch up” and thus working overtime, something you want to avoid especially when tired postpartum and breastfeeding.
Make sure each meal is super high in healthy fats and protein as well as good quality carbohydrates. If you are super hungry when breastfeeding, EAT—give your body what it needs! Keep easy grab and go healthy snack options on hand if you need a snack while breastfeeding and can’t get to making a complete meal.
My favorite healthy snacks:
- Coconut Butter
- Vanilla Cake Batter Coconut Butter
- Thunderbird Real Food Energy Bars
- Rx Bars
- Macadamia Nuts
- Parmesan Crisps
- Pamela’s The Nutty Cookie
Breathe and Go for a Walk
Taking 10 deep breaths fills your body with oxygen and calms your body and adrenal glands. Also, incorporating low impact movement like breathing, stretching or walking is the best exercise for postpartum and your adrenal glands. High intensity workouts like running should be saved for the future as they can actually damage your adrenal glands and even lower your milk supply.
Just like in the movie Legally Blonde, exercise does boost your endorphins and endorphins make you happy! Staying happy, calm and positive no matter how tired or frustrated you may be helps keep your adrenal glands nourished! Go for a walk, soak in the fresh air, say positive affirmations to yourself and your baby—also babies love fresh air and movement!
Incorporate Extra Nutrients
Your body just grew a human (crazy!) and if you are breastfeeding you are STILL growing a human. That sweet baby is stealing ALL of your nutrients, so you need to boost yourself up in the months and even years that follow. Here are my favorite extra nutrients:
1. Magnesium is responsible for countless body functionings and greatly reduces stress (thus boosting your adrenal functioning). It also helps keep you hydrated and keeps digestion moving! Many people in the US, in particular women, are magnesium deficient.
2. Vitamin C is essential for proper adrenal gland functioning as well as supporting the immune system which is important postpartum, especially considering the lack of sleep! I recommend Pure Radiance Vitamin C as it is a pure and bioavailable source, so actually going to use in your body!
3. Ashwaghanda is an adaptogen that has been used for centuries and works to calm the body when needed and boost energy when needed. It helps support healthy energy levels and cognitive functioning as well as encourages a calming sense of well-being. Ashwaghanda has long been used in Ayurvedic therapies to support lactation and it is one I am personally comfortable taking, but if breastfeeding please do your own research and consult with your doctor first to figure out whats best for you.
**As always, this is not medical advice and please consult with your doctor first.**