What's the best part of having a baby in the summer? Not being pregnant in the heat 😅
But seriously, mama, there are so many advantages of spending your fourth trimester in warm weather: from the wide variety of seasonal fruits to the longer daylight hours to the smaller loads of laundry (...that's at least theoretically true, right?). Here are our top tips to feel your best as a new mama this summer:
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day and night to replenish fluids you lose from breastfeeding, sweating, and going through post-birth hormonal shifts. Make a big batch of hot or iced lactation tea (like Earth Mama's Organic Milkmaid Tea, included in our Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle) to drink every time you nurse or pump. You can also stock up on coconut water, which is rich in electrolytes, to give your milk production another boost.
2. Balance your meals to include warming foods. Warm, nourishing foods like soups, stews, and broths can help speed up your body's recovery after childbirth, regardless of the season we are in. Try to opt for cooked vegetables (roasted, grilled, steamed, stir fried, or in soups) over raw salads to ease digestion and improve nutrient absorption.
3. Enjoy the variety of summer fruits available near you - they're perfect to snack on throughout the day!
4. When indoors, try not to keep the AC too cold, or dress in light layers so you can avoid feeling chilly or frigid. In postpartum practices observed by cultures around the world, preserving warmth in the body is a foundation of childbirth recovery. So while you make sure baby doesn't overheat, also take care that you don't feel a draft either.
5. Take advantage of the long daylight hours and get outside for a little bit every day. Fresh air and sunshine can be a much needed reset, whether it's for you or a cranky baby! Remember to keep your newborn in the shade when you are outside as the FDA recommends no sunscreen for babies younger than 6 months.