We are often made to feel like we should ‘bounce back’ straight after having a baby, although it can take months and months for our body to return to its natural and non-pregnant state! We should be lapping up the down time, enjoying breastfeeding if we are able to, resting a lot, and allowing our body to heal! Afterall, there is a dinner-plate size wound left where the placenta once attached, so there is no doubt we need to heal.Here are a few tips that I have gathered from my experience working with many beautiful mothers in my clinic, Mungbean Health, where naturopaths and I help women to thrive in their postpartum journey.Firstly, start early!The best way to get started on your postpartum journey is by getting prepped even before you conceive.Get some people in your corner!A naturopathFind a lactation consultant in your area (you don’t have to make contact just yet, just know your options if you need them)Start working on your mental health and coping mechanisms – a psychologist, start meditation, yoga etcJoin a mums group on Facebook or reach out to your mum friends and start learningIn your third trimester really start to think about ways you can make your postpartum smoother!- This could be hiring a house cleaner once a week- Finding a postpartum meal service for the first four weeks postpartum- Pre-book your naturopathic appointment for around three to four weeks postpartum to bring in some beautiful healing and replenishing herbs and nutrients- Visit a women’s health physio and set up an appointment for postpartumTry to keep moving in late pregnancy, stay hydrated and choose nutrient dense foods. This is such a great way to help you feel yourself once bub arrives!Aim to spend the first 40 days horizontal!Obviously, this is very unrealistic if you have other kids to look after, but lots of resting is what I’m implying. Lean on those around you, hubby, in-laws, parents of your own, friends, anyone you feel comfortable with to help. It could be them coming over to look after your little ones so you can have a rest yourself, read a book, have a shower, meditate or even a quick solo walk.Lastly, allow yourself time to feel ‘normal’ again. You are now a new version of yourself – a mum – and it is going to take a little adjustment in getting used to, but this will be the best version of yourself yet!Interested in Women's Health? Learn more about mental health and wellness for women in Endeavour's short course 'Natural Health for Women: sustaining balance and energy'. Take away mental health strategies and self care practices to help you thrive during your postpartum journey.