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?
Moms who used to “lie-in” for forty days now have to pick themselves up within a week to get back to work. Grandmas, sisters and best friends who otherwise would have been there to help a woman transition into motherhood now live too far away and often can’t take time away from their full time job. Household chores and caring for older children fall on the woman who just delivered a new life and whose body needs rest. But we live in a sprawled world and helping hands are plentiful but often too far to be of benefit.
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. How can you give you daughter living in Japan married to a Navy sailor a helping hand? How can you lend a hand to your best friend who moved to California? How do you ask for help when none of your family lives near you anymore?
With a Marabou gift registry you can ask for any service you know will be of benefit during postpartum recovery.
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 that your friends and family contribute to your postpartum service, rather than buying you more stuff.