While not everyone has heard of the fourth trimester, every mother and newborn baby experiences it. The 12-week period after you have your baby is a time of physical and emotional change as you and your baby adjust, and it’s important to remember to be there for yourself along the way. Below are a few ways to support your well-being during this time.
The fourth trimester can bring many new challenges and emotions, and studies show that positive self-talk can lead to increased well-being and decreased stress levels. Try repeating an affirmation each day or placing a sticky note nearby to remind yourself that you are incredible.
When you’re breastfeeding or your little one is sleeping, consider taking time for yourself—such as resting or taking a few deep breaths. According to psychologist and first-time mom Dr. Rachel, “We can’t pour from an empty cup. Even if it’s a few minutes a day while the baby is sleeping, we need to take time for ourselves. I often say that I ‘make it work’ because literally that’s what we have to do. We have to be creative and find ways to make it work for us.”
For additional nutrition and support for you and your body, don’t forget to continue with your prenatal supplement.
Through it all, remember to focus on what’s in your control and that you’re doing great.
This article has been third-party reviewed by Dr. Rachel Goldman