If you’re a new mom and seeing this blog post, then I’m glad, cuz this post was written with you in mind!
There is a reason–actually, reasons–why people say you need to get outside as much as you can after you’ve recovered from childbirth.
Sunlight is good for you.
Click here for a post about the benefits of sunlight.
Fresh air and exercise are good for you. Being cooped up is NOT good for you.
Refer to my past post “3 Pieces of Basic Advice for the New Mom.”
Exercise can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood (or in a mall in bad weather) to get that circulation going…and of course, brisk walking is better and once you feel up to it, jogging is great for burning some of the pregnancy weight off. Being cooped up paves the way to increased feelings of isolation, which feeds depression, negative thoughts and even a bit of agoraphobia–all of which happened to me when I got hit at 6 weeks postpartum with PPD. I’m not saying that being cooped up for long periods of time will definitely lead to depression, negative thoughts and agoraphobia, but nothing good comes out of seclusion after you’ve had a baby. We are social beings that need a certain amount of interaction with others. Just being around people, but not necessarily interacting to a great degree with any particular person(s), has its benefits. Social support is a whole other matter that I’ve blogged about a lot in the past.
Of course, all this stuff is purely common sense, but with the whirlwind that makes up the first postpartum weeks, a first-time mother that doesn’t have a baby expert (doula or relative) helping out will need these reminders that self care is just as important as baby care. If you’re anything like the overwhelmed and exhausted wreck that I was after I left the hospital 7 days after I gave birth and experienced childbirth complications, the basic necessity of getting outside will fall by the wayside all too easily.
By doing this for you, you are also doing this for the baby.
A healthy mom means a healthy baby.