Motherhood is a joy, but it doesn’t come without its challenges – especially in the fourth trimester. These postpartum affirmations can help both new moms and seasoned moms working through the mental and physical tolls of new parenthood. Remember, you’ve got this!
Congratulations! You’re a new mama. And I am willing to bet that since you are here, you’re in need of some positivity in you’re life. You’re not alone.
The truth is, postpartum is hard. Whether you are a first-time mama or a seasoned veteran, navigating the first weeks and even months of life with a new addition to the family can be really difficult on your mental health.
Your body is in recovery. The sleep deprivation is real. You may be feeling overstimulated or touched-out. Your milk is coming in and your breasts are tender. Your new baby is trying to figure out how to live outside of your belly. You don’t know if they will be a good sleeper or a difficult sleeper. Your body doesn’t look (or feel) like it used to. If you have more than one child, chances are your older one(s) are feeling a little out of sorts with the new addition. You wonder if things will always be this hard.
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The fourth trimester can be a constant mental battle. On one hand, you obviously want to take your role of mama in stride, but on the other, you’re struggling to keep your own head afloat. How are you supposed to do both? It’s a true rollercoaster of hormones and emotions. And it’s totally normal to be feeling this way.
These days will pass, I promise!
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What are affirmations?
Affirmations (also known as mantras) are positive statements that anyone can use to help them overcome negative thoughts. Postpartum affirmations are powerful tool for moms that need motivation to feel happy, positive, and empowered in their parenting as they face the challenges of motherhood.
How to use affirmations
Positive affirmations can be used in many ways, whether you listen to them on an app, write them down in a daily gratitude journal, or repeat them out loud to yourself. You may even write them on your bathroom mirror. You can start by making a list of negative thoughts you want to get rid of. Often, your affirmations will be opposite of these negative thoughts.
For example, “I can’t do this, this is too much,” may transform to, “I can do this and will navigate whatever challenge comes my way.”
Make your affirmations short, concise, meaningful, and focused. This shouldn’t be a task that you want to avoid. This is meant to keep you positive and inspire you.
You can use whatever affirmations you choose first thing in the morning, when your mind is refreshed and preparing for the day. Or, you can use them when you feel your mindset teetering on the edge of negativity. Whatever path you choose should work for you and you alone. However, it would be most ideal to affirm yourself ahead of a stressful situation. This way, you are able to navigate the negative postpartum emotions with ease.
Expressing affirmations may not work overnight, so I would recommend practicing them on a daily basis for a couple of weeks. Give it time, and give yourself grace.
Positive Postpartum Affirmations
Calling all new mothers! If you are feeling down, discouraged, frustrated, tired, overstimulated, having mood swings… or all of the above… use any of these positive postpartum affirmations to recenter and remind yourself that you’ve got this! Whether you are feeling symptoms of postpartum depression or the baby blues, or you are simply experiencing a challenging time… it’s important to do what you can to maintain a positive mindset.
Remember, affirmations can be personalized to resonate with you and your needs. Choose the ones that speak to your experience and repeat them regularly to boost your confidence and well-being during the postpartum period. If you don’t see anything that works for you, play with elements that speak to you and create your own! You are the only one who knows your needs.
1. “I am doing a great job as a new mom, and I am exactly what my baby needs.”
2. “I am strong and capable, and I trust my instincts to care for my baby.”
3. “I deserve to take care of myself and prioritize my own well-being.”
4. “My body is amazing for creating and bringing life into this world.”
5. “I am allowed to ask for help and support when I need it.”
6. “My feelings are valid.”
7. “I am more than just ‘mom.’”
8. “It’s okay to prioritize rest and self-care to recharge and be the best mom I can be.”
9. “I embrace the imperfections of motherhood and give myself grace.”
10. “Every day, I am learning and growing alongside my baby.”
11. “I deserve grace and patience during this time, from myself and others.”
12. “I am a loving and nurturing mother, and my baby feels my unconditional love.”
13. “I accept my body and the changes it is experiencing.”
14. “I will feel like myself again.”
15. “My body knows what to do and will make me proud.”
16. “I am built to do this.”
17. “I am confident in how I choose to care for my baby.”
18. “I am doing the best that I can.”
19. “I become a better mom with each day that passes.”
20. “I am new to this, and it’s ok to make mistakes. I am learning as I go.”
21. “I accept this postpartum experience for exactly what it is – a part of my motherhood journey.”
22. “I will maintain positive thoughts for the sake of my baby and my brain.”
23. “I am a first-time mom. All good moms begin as a first-time mom.”
Remember, mind over matter, mama! With each day that passes, you will feel more confident in your abilities as a mom. The power of positive affirmations is like no other. Continue to make positive changes in your postpartum life to rid yourself of negative feelings, and remember – there are loads of new parents who feel just like you. It is totally natural to feel out of sorts during this time. After all, your hormones are making the biggest shift in the shortest period of time. You’re a champ for going through postpartum at all!
If you are feeling depressed and are concerned for yourself or your baby’s well-being, please seek professional help. I am not a healthcare professional and only share advice based on experience.
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