Mother's Day: Self-Care Ideas to Rest and Reset

Mother's Day: Self-Care Ideas to Rest and Reset

May 05 , 2021

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Megan McDonough

It’s your time to shine, momma! With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve teamed up with some of our favorite brands to make your day extra special. You are the most important person in your baby’s life, and you’re worth being taken care of. 

Here are a few ideas of how to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day, and everyday. 

Move your body

Breastfeeding is tough stuff—it burns around 400 to 500 calories per day—and can put strain on your back. While it’s definitely a form of exercise, you might enjoy blocking off some time in your day for a full-body workout. Whether it’s restorative Yoga, a walk around the block or a virtual class online, tapping into your body is a wonderful gift to yourself. 

As part of our Mother’s Day gift guide, Fit Pregnancy Club is offering moms in the Lilu community 30 days free access to their online fitness studio. Their sweat-inducing workouts are designed to build your endurance and strength, while keeping you safe by incorporating the inner core unit (cue the Pump & Kegel).

Events and workshops include foundational topics such as labor and pushing, pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, breastfeeding and pumping, postpartum support, newborn care and newborn sleep.

Nourish yourself

You work round-the-clock to provide your baby with the nourishment they need, but are you giving yourself the same care? We know it can be tough finding the time to cook yourself a healthy meal, so we’re here to help. 

We’re teaming up with Nouri to give you $50 off your first order of $150 or more. Nouri is the first, stage-specific meal program to help expecting mothers improve fertility, manage pregnancy symptoms, and recover in postpartum by fusing Ancient Eastern therapeutic ingredients with Western Nutrition. Meals are OB-GYN recommended, nutritionist & chef curated, and delivered ready-to-eat in NYC every Monday.

On the flip side, you might be transitioning your baby to solids and having a bit of a tough time. It’s an exciting milestone, but it can also be a daunting process. Make it easier by working with Jennifer, a professional postpartum and child nutrition specialist that can prepare small batch seasonal baby and toddler food, while teaching you all about nutrition for your little one. 

Indulge in that extra hour (or two) of sleep

If sleepless nights are becoming your norm, we feel you! Gift yourself an extra hour or two of sleep. If you’re not partnered with, reach out to a close friend or other family member you feel safe around and ask them to watch your baby for a few hours while you nap. 

MOONA is dedicated to improving women’s sleep through pillow temperature control. Their cooling system provides the best temperature to your head and neck, for each stage of the night, in order to get you the best possible sleep, wake up well-rested and full of energy. It’s a safe, drug-free solution to help moms get the rest they deserve. 

Create an in-home ritual

Can’t make it to an actual spa this Mother’s Day? Then create one at home with Hatch Mama Beauty. They’re devoted to providing non-toxic, mama-safe, feel-good beauty designed to help mamas everywhere overcome the challenges unique to pregnancy. Stretch marks, the thinning hair and the sleepless nights? Hatch is there with you. We highly recommend the lip/nipple balm! 

If you’re looking for a different type of cleanse, consider experimenting with essential oils for mood balancing or clearing your chakras with crystals. Our friends at LOVER LABEL make jewelry with healing rose quartz and powerful black onyx, among other gemstones. 

Book that appointment

You wouldn’t skip out on any of your baby’s checkups, so try to take the same initiatives with your own health. It’s pretty common to let your own health fall by the wayside; after all, you’ve got a million things to do. 

This week, block out an hour or two of time and schedule all those appointments you’ve been putting on the back burner. We’re talking annual checkups, vision screenings, pap smears, skin exams, mammograms, your annual dental visit...the list goes on

If you are experiencing, don’t ignore it. As one Lilu mom expertly pointed out, there’s no need to suffer for more than 2-3 days at a time. If a problem is persisting for more than 2-3 days, it’s time to ask for help and there are tons of people who can help, like lactation consultants

Prioritize ‘me’ time

Motherhood can bring about hormonal changes, sleepless nights, difficulty maintaining other important relationships, and a ‘never enough time’ mentality. ‘Me’ time is different for every mom. 

For some, it means taking a break from your smartphone and instead, reading a book (we recommend this one) or journaling. For others, it might look like calling a close friend who you haven’t had time to connect with in awhile. 

Community, whether online or offline, is so important for new moms. Even more important? The relationship you have with yourself. 

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