Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Let's be Honest Mamas: Postpartum

Today, I am joining a group of amazing bloggers for our Let's Be Honest Mamas series (you can check out our last post here) and this week is all about postpartum. My friend Kacie from Elements of Ellis (find her blog here + IG here) puts these group posts together once a month. I think it's really fun to read other mama's opinions on subjects we all talk so much about. I linked everybody else participating at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them all out! 

Eloise is now two, so I'm sure my answers would be a little different if we had another baby. I would love if you guys left me some of your answers in the comments so I can come back to this post later! 

My dress: AMAE CO

+ Did you deal with the baby blues or postpartum depression? If yes, how long did it last and how did you cope? 
  • I didn't go through postpartum depression or baby blues, but I did experience pretty severe postpartum anxiety. I struggle with anxiety already, but it was extra heightened for the first 5-6 months of Eloise’s life. I was convinced that she had something wrong with her every time she cried, maybe she had a silent disorder or undiagnosed genetic disorder. I was even calling her doctor and asking pretty specific questions (luckily he was the best and so patient with me). It was really rough. Most of you know already, but Eloise was born with a VSD in her heart (Ventricular Septal Defect) and a ureterocele in her right kidney so I was already stressed about her medically. My mind felt like it was spinning constantly and I know I missed out on some precious moments because I was worried so much. Looking back, I probably should have gotten help but I kept a lot of it inside. 
+ What are your must-have products for postpartum life?
  •  My friend Hailey and I joke about this all the time, but my favorite postpartum item was the giant hospital undies. Seriously, if you’re having a baby soon stock up on those because they are amazing. I also used a belly band and loved it, you can shop mine here. I also LOVED my nursing cover from Covered Goods and used that daily. 
+ What is one thing you wish you would have been more prepared for postpartum? 

  • Nursing! Luckily, I had the best delivery nurses at the hospital who helped me and I honestly probably would have given up in the beginning if it wasn't for them. If you're planning on nursing, ask the nurses and lactation consultants for help. I think I had different expectations of nursing, thinking that Eloise would just know what to do and that wasn't the case for us. We eventually got the hang of it, but it was tough in the beginning. And I wish I was more prepared and aware of my postpartum anxiety. I didn't get on medication and I should have. Don't be afraid to ask for help! 
+ Share your favorite postpartum recipes:
  • After our families left and we were on our own, we lived on crock pot meals. I would just browse interested and tried to pick easy ones with minimal clean up. These are some of our favorites:
  • And if I was to have a newborn again soon, I would add this to the mix, because it's oatmeal and great for nursing. It's super easy to make and heats up so well. You can make it vegan, too!

+ What do love about your postpartum body? I'm not one of those who loves being pregnant and I wish I was. But when I was pregnant, I used to tell Nick how crazy it is that my body could grow another life for 9-10 months, and then can grow that newborn through nursing alone for at least another six months. SO for 15 months, Eloise's development depended only on me. When I'm complaining about an extra few pounds, I always remind myself of that. Because it's pretty amazing what our bodies can do. 

Bag: Lily Jade

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com  // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com 


  1. I have learned so much from reading these posts! I wasn't aware of postpartum anxiety (I only knew of postpartum depression and the baby blues), but Carla had postpartum anxiety too. I love that we are all sharing our stories and educating people. Also, totally pinning this post so I can make those recipes you shared!


  2. Man those recipes sound so good! I've always struggled with cooking (while being pregnant and postpartum!). I was a mess when my mom left and relied heavily on take out! (My husband doesn't cook lol) I'm so glad you shared about your anxiety. I wasn't very familiar with postpartum anxiety/depression/psychosis. I think whether you have it or not, asking for help is so hard! But very necessary.