Ever seen those little decal stickers and chalk boards that have monthly milestones for your baby? Personality traits. First food. First steps. First roll. First crawl. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we considered the same important milestones and checkpoints for mom and her wellbeing? Whether you’re having your first baby or 5th, the first year after giving birth to your baby is transformative and also different for every pregnancy and birth depending on your circumstances and individual situation.
When I started to think about “essentials for mom” in the first year, it occurred to me that Flourish Fund provides the avenue and pathway for moms to build their wellbeing support within the first year of having a baby. You build your wellbeing in community and with intentional care and specialists. Building a registry for your own wellbeing is not only for the first few months, it is setting up your foundation so you can continue to nurture and support yourself all throughout your motherhood journey. Think of this as a season of life where you are creating a signature wellbeing package that fits your needs without ever missing a month to celebrate you as a mom. Every month of you being a mom is a milestone that you have contributed your energy, your heart, your care, your body and your mind to. And Flourish fund is creating wrap around support to help you continually nurture you while you go through this monumental transition.
As a Working Mom coach, one of the pillars of my 1-1 coaching is ongoing wellbeing and maintenance for yourself while raising young kids and working. We can no longer leave mom out of the equation. Her physical, mental, and emotional health is pivotal in this time of healing and recovery. How you heal, support and nurture yourself postpartum and beyond in the early years of raising children has huge impacts in how you cope, navigate and take on challenges. And we haven’t even mentioned when “return” to work comes on your plate or perhaps pumping on the road or at work. One step at a time mamma.
Not every mom will need all of these services at the same time but I encourage you to listen to your intuition and pay attention to your body and needs as you move through the first 12 months. Even if your OBGYN or doctor doesn’t recognize your needs at the time. Get a second opinion. Trust yourself and reach out to another mom or someone you trust to get support. A 6 week check up isn’t sufficient and you need to continually check in with yourself in the early months of motherhood.
Some of the areas of wellbeing that I focused on after both my children came along were the following;
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Lactation Consultants or Counselors for Breastfeeding journey
- Support groups or classes for moms (in person or virtual)
- Doula (although mine did not make it to the hospital since my baby arrived in 2 hrs, my first!)
- Ask for help (family + friends, to allow for rest and recovery )
- Yoga (prenatal and afterwards)
- Boundary setting
- Meal Delivery
- Morning routine of self care (20minutes)
- ***Bonus, connect with me, I’m a Working Mom Coach! I help moms prioritize their wellbeing so they can thrive in motherhood.
12 months in a year, pick 12 or more that fit your needs and desires!
All of these support services and experiences are available when you build your registry through Flourish Fund. So what are you waiting for mamma? Start your registry now!
Becoming a mom for the first time or fifth time invites change and milestones for both Mom and baby. There’s so much to prepare for in awaiting the arrival of your baby, but there’s also much to consider in the 4th and 5th trimester to support yourself and your family. From month one to month twelve mamma, make sure you’re putting yourself on the list of milestone markers at Flourish fund.
We need mammas that are thriving, not surviving.
I’m honored to be a part of Flourish Fund’s community of talented and heart centered experts in the field. Look forward to serving you on your motherhood journey!