You know the level-headed friend who keeps it real about the challenges of motherhood while somehow also taking the time to appreciate the beauty of each fleeting moment? The one who helps you keep everything in perspective and reminds you to take care of you? Writer/wordsmith and mama of two Ka’ala Byndon is our online version of that friend, filling our feed with daily inspiration, encouraging us to focus our lives around what matters most, and touching our souls with her words of wisdom. Below, she shares a spoken word piece that’ll feel like it was written for you, realistic self-care practices for postpartum mamas, and the motherhood mantras she has on heavy rotation.

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Knowing what to say when a mama has suffered a loss can feel so tricky that we sometimes end up saying nothing at all. But showing our support means everything, so we asked mamas who have been in the trenches to share what was most comforting or helpful for them on their journeys. Here’s a solid resource to turn to next time you need some inspiration or guidance. (And seriously how sweet is that husband? 😭) Feel free to add additional ideas in the comments, too. 

 

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As we were designing our AW20 Collection, Loré had this concept of capturing the daily rhythm of a new mother in morning, noon, evening, and night. So much of the postpartum experience exists in that daily rhythm when our senses are on hyperdrive as we meet the needs of a newborn, so this idea of honoring how much is put into every single part of your day as a parent really inspired me as well.

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Postpartum incontinence might be common following pregnancy and childbirth, but it shouldn’t be the norm (or at least not for the long-term!). Before resigning yourself to a life of sneeze-induced leaks, take heart that strengthening and repairing your pelvic floor could be as easy as incorporating simple Kegel exercises into your daily routine. With a bit of pelvic floor education + dedication, postpartum incontinence can become a thing of the past—and you’ll be able to confidently jump for joy when it does.

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Sincerest thanks to each mama who shared their PPD experience + advice for this post, and so much love to all of you who have gone through or are going through postpartum depression. Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments if you have any wisdom to add or stories to share. The more we talk about it, the more we normalize it.🤍

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We may be sheltering-in-place, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate-in-place. These quarantine-friendly ways to treat yourself on Mother’s Day require little to no advance planning, so you (or your partner 😉) can easily pull them off. I’m for sure doing 4, 6 (lol) and 9. What about you? 💆‍♀️🏽 You won’t regret any of them! 💕 Wishing you a special, memorable, relaxing Mother’s Day!

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While this is a time of letting go of what we thought our “fourth trimesters” after baby would be, there is still so much space to create something special and possibly even more beautiful and healing than you had planned. The key? Trust that this postpartum experience is exactly the experience you were always meant to have and that it will be for your ultimate good. Whether you are one week postpartum or twenty-one, jump in and find areas where you could incorporate some care.

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Our brains are made to protect us from danger, which is amazing, but they are not very good at recognizing when it is time to calm the freak down. Make sure you are in the driver’s seat, not your primal brain. How can you do that? Be intentional with your thoughts. Read empowering thoughts like these. (“Take it one day at a time.” is my favorite.) Read them again. Talk to yourself as much as you listen to yourself. You’ve got this.

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