Quirky fact about nursing moms: We. Are. Always. Thirsty. It’s borderline unfair how much water we have to drink just to feel normal. Picture an elephant sucking up an entire pond and that is what we want to be. Give us a proboscis!
Glug! Slurp! Down the hatch! MOAR!
Hydrating well is a full-time job and is also super important for new moms, especially those who are breastfeeding. We are replacing blood lost during childbirth, healing tissues, and establishing milk supply. Things are flowing through us like crazy! And hydration is a must. Looking back, I always knew the importance of postpartum hydration, but I had a hard time remembering to actually drink sufficient water. So, I created this fun spin on an adult game: The Postpartum Drinking Game.
So new moms, find your favorite water bottle (or use this as an excuse to buy a pretty new one), start with a few of these drinking prompts, and work your way up to all of them as you strive for those 64 ounces a day. Add your own to the list according to tasks you find yourself regularly doing. Habits are developed just a day at a time.
One tip: Heng Ou of The First 40 Days recommends drinking mostly warm or room temperature fluids during the postpartum phase to avoid chill, so ditch the ice, drink your water at room temperature and embrace tea! Soon enough, you’ll be as hydrated as that mama elephant in the savannah.
How does Marabou support women?
We live in culture where “bouncing back” is more valued than proper rest. As admirable as it may be for a sports star to get back on the field, the same rules don’t apply to postpartum recovery. The traditional resting period has been stolen from women through pressure to get back to their job or simply through lack of presence.
Grandmas, sisters and best friends who otherwise would have been there to help a woman transition into motherhood often live too far away to be of any help. Household chores and caring for older children inevitably fall on the mom. But she just delivered a new life! She needs rest.
Marabou Services is a unique gift registry which provides services instead of stuff. Most mom’s get too many onesies, too many baby blankets and not enough helping hands. Break out of a destructive cultural norm and start a Marabou registry today.
With a Marabou registry you can sing up for any service which will benefit you or someone you know during the postpartum recovery period.
Postpartum doulas for a first time mom
House cleanings for moms of multiples
Childcare for moms with older children!
Once your registry is created, add it to any other registry or post it to your Facebook and ask friends and family contribute to your postpartum service, rather than buying you more stuff.