This blog and the video below is my story of healing after giving birth to Tili via C-section in January. Before you read or watch anything else, I just wanna start by saying that we are all born in different bodies and we heal in different ways. So while the process that I’m sharing worked for me, it might not work for you. And that’s fine. Your journey is your own, and it’s just important that you listen to your body and also to what your OB-GYN says.
Because I gave birth via C-section, I couldn’t exercise right away. If you’ve gone through this, you know that with caesarean, your body heals through different layers. Even if the top layer has healed, the inner layers sometimes take months or even up to a year to heal. So the best tip I can really share is to understand that it will take time. Stay positive, stay hopeful, don’t be too hard on yourself. I started by doing very slow workouts like walking or yoga. And it doesn’t matter how you gave birth, breathing exercises are super important to do, because they give function back to your core again. I also recommend wearing a binder for as long as you are able to. Like the ones from Mamaway or Wink. I couldn’t do it for very long, because I had a hard time breathing in it, but the women I know who have worn it for longer were able to get back in shape faster.
When you’re breastfeeding, you can’t really restrict how much you eat, but it is still important to eat well. What helps me is adding powders from Herbilogy that are nutritious (also available on VPharma) to my drinks and food. Here are some recipes I shared in the vid:
HOW TO MAKE IT: Mix together watermelon, mint, calamansi, and Herbilogy Rosella Powder.
Coco My Avos
HOW TO MAKE IT: Mix or blend together avocados (or banana), cocoa powder, honey, and Herbilogy Cinnamon Powder.
Tomeric (?! I ran out of names hahaha)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
1. Mix together the following:
– 1/2 cup yogurt
– 2 tsp tahini
– 1 and 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
– minced garlic clove
– 1 tsp Herbilogy Turmeric Powder
– a splash of maple syrup
– a pinch of salt
2. Drizzle the dressing over sliced cherry tomatoes and basil leaves. Add chimichurri (optional), olive oil, and crispy garlic chips to top.
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Aside from eating well, I also start building an exercise routine with the help of these apps and accounts:
Mommas, I hope this blog/vlog helps your own journey of healing in some way! Don’t forget: This takes time. Not everyone can give birth and look like she didn’t carry a baby. Carrying life inside of you and bringing out into the world is powerful and amazing. Don’t lose hope <3