I recently wrote this for NT Kids Magazine and republish it here for the new mothers outside of the Dallas area.

As new mothers we can become overwhelmed so easily; interruptions in our sleep schedules can impact our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Our relationships can be affected as we learn how to maintain a healthy marriage and preserve intimacy as we transition from a couple to a family. Our whole identity as a woman changes when we adapt our lives to the new responsibility and commitment of motherhood. Here are some tools to use to ease the transition.

  • Just Breathe – paced breathing where the inhalation and exhalation match each other in length with pauses in between each is a great start. Try to inhale for a count of three, hold for a count of three, exhale for a count of three and hold for a count of three. Repeat this exercise for as long as you can and as often as you can.
  • Acupuncture – the application of small needles to specific points on the body can help new mothers with situations such as relaxation, pain relief, increased breast milk production and decreased vaginal bleeding. Book an appointment within two weeks of delivery and repeat the treatment every 1-2 weeks as needed.
  • Chiropractic adjustments – a Chiropractor can help realign the spine and pelvic girdle after giving birth. Schedule an adjustment within the first month of delivery and repeat the treatment every 1-2 weeks as needed.
  • Therapeutic Massage – a massage therapist can help achy and tight muscles that new mothers can get from pregnancy, labor or early parenting tasks like breastfeeding. Schedule an appointment within 4-6 weeks of delivery and repeat it every 2-4 weeks as needed.
  • Healing Touch or Reiki or other Energy Medicine Techniques – an energy medicine therapist can help ease tension and boost the effectiveness of the other tools such as acupuncture or massage. Schedule an appointment as soon as convenient and repeat every 1-2 weeks as needed.
  • Keep communicating! If marital stress appears, look for support and connection to counselors that can help you reconnect with each other. This may be a psychologist, a licensed professional counselor or a workshop such as “Bringing Baby Home”™.
  • Stay nourished! Look at grocery store pre-cut veggies or salad bars to help cut corners in food preparation without losing nutritional value. Tap in to work or church support and allow friends to bring you healthy food.

Motherhood is a wonderful gift; learn to flow with its blessings and challenges by using these and similar tools. Most of all listen to your body and enjoy the ride!