I’m three weeks postpartum with our fourth baby, and more than ever I’m realizing the importance of postpartum self-care. Of really taking it slowly throughout this “fourth trimester.” Of cherishing this time of adjustment, recovery, and new life. Of not rushing a “return to normal”. Of simply making time to take care of myself.
Learning how to ask for and accept help is paramount during this time. The day after Aletheia was born, and for the first week, my family was here in Virginia, tending to our every need. Cleaning our bathrooms, making all our meals, bringing me water, everything. In the second week, our three older children spent 5 days at my in-laws while Joe, baby Aletheia, and I had a little escape to a local Airbnb. I lounged and held baby and kissed baby and did nothing and it was wonderful. And then for the third week, the kids and I spent it in New Jersey with my family while Joe was at a work conference in Las Vegas. We were pampered by and taken care of by my family, and it was so rejuvenating. We aren’t back in our “normal” routine, and honestly, I don’t know when or if “normal” will resume. We’ll likely slowly figure out a new normal, a new rhythm to our days, and I’m cherishing this time as it naturally happens.
While I’m in this sometimes-difficult yet precious “fourth trimester” period, I’m trying to truly slow down (I have no choice because my body moves slowly, ha!) and make time for taking care of myself.
In what ways have you taken care of yourself (or allowed others to do so) during the fourth trimester? I’d love to hear!
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