Placenta

Okay, I know, some people are totally grossed out by the thought of keeping and consuming your placenta…  but I really do feel like it helps with recovery! With my first baby I had it encapsulated but with my second I consumed it raw in a smoothie where I couldn’t taste it at all! In fact, I found the encapsulated pills had a stronger taste.  I definitely “bounced back” energy-wise a lot faster after my second baby; by day four I felt great going for a walk! I also didn’t get the baby blues with #2. Now I don’t know if those things are just because I’d been through it once or because of the raw placenta but it doesn’t hurt! Consuming it raw is also free!

Coconut water

This is my go to during labour but also postpartum.  Coconut water contains natural salts and electrolytes to help replenish you! Try a few different brands because I find the taste varies and there are some I dislike and some I love!  If you’re breastfeeding, coconut water will help keep you hydrated.

Matcha

My go to energy pick me up! It works better than coffee because there’s no crash! It’s a slower release of energy. I make a matcha latte like this except I use maple syrup instead of agave. Matcha is energiing but calming, full of antioxidants, boosts the metabolism and burns calories.

Bath herbs

I love herbal baths after giving birth! They can help with the healing process and are so relaxing. I steep a handful of herbs like this in hot water overnight, strain, then add it to my bath!

Magnesium

Magnesium can help you sleep, cope with depression and anxiety and give you more energy. Magnesium rich foods include green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts, whole, grains and meat. It’s hard to get enough magnesium from your diet though in part because our food sources today have less magnesium than they did 50-100 years ago. 80% of Americans are said to be deficient in magnesium. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want more magnesium so that your baby gets it as well! I like topical application best like this lotion or this spray; I have both and use the lotion on my littles.

Flax

Ground flaxseeds (aka flaxmeal) are high in omega 3 fats and fiber. Some research suggests that it can help with postpartum depression. If you’re breastfeeding, keep your daily intake below 2 tbsp. so that it doesn’t negatively affect your milk supply. Chia seeds are another great source of omega 3’s!

Oats

Oats are another great source of fiber and can boost milk production. I love oatmeal in the morning for sustained energy! Oatmeal with some coconut oil and flax or chia gives me fiber, protein and healthy fats!

Bodycare

I love my NYR Organic massage oil, bath oil and balm! So moisturizing for my skin  and great for practicing self care. I love that I get the aromatherapy benefits too! For my babies I use the baby balm!

 

What are your postpartum must haves?

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