The Postnatal Depletion Cure by Dr. Oscar Serrallach is one of my go-to recommendations for any exhausted, overwhelmed or burnt-out mamas.
With the birth of my first son, everything about parenting was new to me. I did not know what to expect. While so happy to have this healthy, sweet little boy, I also found it incredibly hard. Becoming a mum is a massive shift in all aspects of your life. My body felt depleted and exhausted. I struggled with indecision, forgetfulness, and low energy.
When we decided to have a second child, I was determined to do things differently and not let myself get so run down. So far, so good. I am prioritizing my sleep and eating the most nourishing foods. I take appropriate supplements, stay well hydrated with filtered water and herbal teas, and move my body with yoga and walks. I am also simplifying life where I can, accepting help from others, and lowering my expectations of being superwoman. The Postnatal Depletion Cure was one of the key resources to help me proactively take care of myself the second time around.
The Postnatal Depletion Cure addresses the challenging experience of many new mums. It is a guide to gain energy and health back again after the massive toll that bearing, birthing and breastfeeding have on the body. The effects of having a child can last for years or even decades. This is why it is so imperative that mums prioritize their health and self care early on. You do not have to feel shattered, depleted or moody just because you are now a mother.
In a perfect world, women would read this book before becoming a mother. They could put steps in place to safeguard against exhaustion. However, the advice and practices discussed are helpful for all mums at any stage of motherhood. Even mums who gave birth years or decades later will find the information useful.
This book begins by giving an overview of what postnatal depletion is. This includes the physical and emotional symptoms. Next are strategies to rebuild physical health, including sleep, energy, hormones, and nutrients. It concludes with tools for restoring emotional wellbeing, self-love and your relationship with your partner. A summary of key steps in a plan to implement and further resources should one be interested in delving further are included in the appendices. This is a useful book that would benefit all mums to read.
Get yourself a copy of The Postnatal Depletion Cure here.
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