Motherhood is hard, and the sudden responsibility of taking care of a newborn 24/7 can take a toll on your mental, physical and emotional health. Here are positive postpartum affirmations to inspire the new moms and keep them going!
There is no doubt that giving birth to a baby is hard for women, but I think the hardest is the first couple of months postpartum. You are suddenly responsible for a little human being who is 24/7 dependent on you for EVERYTHING. Sleepless nights and not to mention those hormones going back to their pre-pregnancy state could cause havoc in how you feel postpartum.
Regardless of how many Newborn care classes or books you have read, someday you are afraid of doing something wrong, other days you are not confident in your ability to care for your newborn, and some days you will feel like just quitting.
If this sounds like you, take solace in knowing that you are not alone. In the US alone, approximately 70% to 80% of women experience the ‘baby blues’ within the first year of postpartum.
I want to let you know that it’s completely normal to feel that way at times. But what can you do about boosting your self-esteem and lifting your spirits postpartum?
One way you can boost your confidence and lift your mood is by chanting positive affirmations. Having positive mantras to read to yourself daily will help you get through the difficult time faster and boost your confidence for bigger challenges.
In this article, I have listed 65 positive postpartum affirmations for you to choose that best resonates with your unique postpartum challenge. You also have an opportunity to get 19 positive postpartum affirmations cards that I have beautifully designed with watercolor with a space for self-reflection. Keep reading to know more about it.
- What are Affirmations?
- Benefits of Affirmations
- 65 Positive Postpartum Affirmations to Inspire New Moms
- Positive Affirmation Cards for New Moms
- How to use Positive Postpartum Affirmations
- How many times a day should you Repeat Affirmations?
- How do I make my Affirmation more Powerful?
- Positive Postpartum affirmations for New Moms: Conclusion
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What are Affirmations?
Affirmations are short phrases that you repeatedly chant to reframe your mind in a positive direction. These short phrases affect your conscious and subconscious mind and, in turn, affect your mood, behaviors, actions based on the phrases.
According to the National Science Foundation, on average human mind goes through 45k-51k different thoughts per day, and 80% of those thoughts are negative.
That means we think negatively more than we think positively in our daily life!!
The only possible way to reverse these negative thoughts into positive ones is repeatedly chanting positive affirmations, and neuroscientific research studies prove it.
The study published in 2016 suggested that certain neural pathways involved in self-related information processing and positive judgment become more active when people practice self-affirmations (1).
Another study published in 2015 suggests that when you practice positive affirmations, you can view otherwise threatening information as more valuable and self-relevant (2).
The way affirmations works are that when you repeat phrases or specific words, it gets engraved into our subconscious mind, which will help reprogram the subconscious mind to eliminate or reduce negative thoughts.
Now let’s look at the benefits of positive affirmations based on scientific studies.
Benefits of Affirmations
- They help you change for the better by not dismissing harmful health messages (3).
- Positive affirmations have been shown to decrease stress that could lead to health issues (4).
- Positive affirmations have been shown to change physical behavior (5).
- They have been shown to lower stress (6-7).
- They help you shift your thoughts and emotions to more positive ones.
- They help you focus on your goal.
- They motivate you.
- They help you overcome your fear.
- They help you boost your confidence.
- They help you develop a positive mindset.
65 Positive Postpartum Affirmations to Inspire New Moms
Here I have compiled a list of positive postpartum affirmations from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. Pick the ones that excite or resonate with you and repeat those words daily to make a positive change in your life.
1. I am a good mom.
2. I am energetic, and my body is healing.
3. My body will continue to heal.
4. I’m proud of myself for attempting new things.
5. I am good enough in all that I do.
6. My baby and I are working together.
7. I am not a failure.
8. I am a fighter. My body is stronger than ever before.
9. I am making the best choice for my baby.
10. Only I can give my kids a happy mother.
11. My children won’t remember the clean house but will remember the time spent with them.
12. I exude patience and grace throughout my day.
13. Motherhood has revealed my strengths.
14. I acknowledge my self-worth; my confidence is soaring.
15. It’s okay to ask for help; it does not make me a bad mom.
16. I am a blessing to my children.
17. Challenging does not mean impossible.
18. I am grateful for my body and its ability to create and sustain life.
19. I am grateful for my family, friends, and my surroundings.
20. I am learning to be a better mom as each day goes by.
21. The challenges that I face today make me a stronger mother tomorrow.
22. I am exactly what my child needs.
23. I am an exceptional role model for my children.
24. I am grateful for my beautiful children.
25. My mother’s intuition guides me to make the right choices.
26. I am so much stronger than I think.
27. I am my child’s biggest comfort. No matter what I look like.
28. I will take this one moment at a time.
29. I am doing the best for my children, and it is enough.
30. I believe in my capability of caring for my children.
31. Being a mother has made me feel stronger and beautiful.
32. It will take some time for me to learn about my baby; I am doing a great job right now.
33. I am doing a fantastic job.
34. I know better what my children need than anyone else.
35. I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
36. Taking care of myself makes me a better mom because I parent from abundance, not from lack thereof.
37. I will try my best to enjoy each day with my baby.
38. Today, I will observe the positive aspects of being a new mom.
39. I am more than my body. I am strong; I am a mother.
40. I take care of myself to be a better mother.
41. I release my hesitation and make room for joy.
42. I will laugh with my children today.
43. My strength grows as I take a step forward in my motherhood journey.
44. My baby is unique from someone else’s baby.
45. Where peace dwells, fear cannot.
46. I will turn away from judgment today.
47. I am done comparing myself to other moms around me.
48. My baby’s need is unique, and I can only meet her needs.
49. My family appreciates and loves me, even without them telling me every day.
50. I know what my baby needs.
51. Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.
52. I can trust my material intuition.
53. I trust the divine development of my baby.
54. I smile at my flaws today.
55. Today I will not worry about small details.
56. Everything that is happening now is happening for my good.
57. I can only give my children a happy mother.
58. I do not need anyone else to make me happy.
59. I can only create love, trust, and harmony in my family.
60. My kids need me.
61. My day is filled with the limitless potential of joy, love, and happiness.
62. I fulfill my purpose as a mother by starting here, right now.
63. I feel calm amid chaos.
64. My love for my children is unconditional.
65. I am a strong mom and my fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.
Positive Affirmation Cards for New Moms
Frist couple of months after the birth of my baby were very hard on me. I felt lonely even when I was surrounded by a loving family, and I was questioning my ability to care for my newborn. I knew I was not mentally happy, and I needed to do something to motivate me during those first few months of being a new mom.
Then I remembered the words of my midwife “when you think you are in a postpartum crisis or your perceptions are not clear, do yourself a favor and chant positive affirmations to boost your self-esteem.”
I decided to give it a try.
I simply took a piece of paper, wrote down a little phrase, and placed it on the bathroom mirror. So, whenever I went to the washroom, I took 2-3 minutes to repeat that phrase out loud. I did that 3-5 times a day for almost a month. And at the end of the day, I would take a piece of paper and write down how it made me feel. I picked different affirmations each day and repeated the process for 30 days.
As I was going through the day, whenever negative thoughts came to my mind, I would replace that thought with a positive affirmation. I slowly got into the habit of not thinking negatively about myself. And that small change made a massive difference in my aching self-esteem.
I believed in the power of positive affirmation so much that I decided to create positive affirmation cards for new moms to inspire and motivate them.
These cards contain 19 “I am” phrases to motivate you and 19 self-reflect pages to write down how it made you feel to solidify your thought process. They are beautifully designed with watercolor to use for yourself or gift it to expectant mom or new mom.
How to use Positive Postpartum Affirmations
Positive affirmations require repeated practice if you want to make a lasting change in the way you think or feel. However, there are no rules about timing or frequency to practice positive affirmations. According to Ronald Alexander (psychotherapist), affirmations can be repeated 3-5 times daily to bolster positive belief.
Let’s look at how you can use positive postpartum affirmations when you have a baby.
- Pick the affirmation that resonates with you.
- Pick only one positive affirmation for the day.
- Start in the morning as soon as you wake up to make a positive start to a day. If you are breastfeeding, read it while you are feeding your baby.
- Read your affirmation with passion and feel the emotions behind the phrase.
- The key to success is to believe in your affirmations while you are chanting them.
- Once you are done reading in the morning, keep your affirmation card somewhere you can easily see, such as, stick it on the washroom mirror or keep it along with your breastfeeding basket. That way, you can chant the affirmation as many times as you see.
- Repeat the affirmation as many times as you want in addition to morning and before bed affirmation chanting.
- To be most effective, chant your positive affirmation before you drift off to sleep. This will ensure that you have positive thoughts in your mind before drifting off to sleep.
- It is also effective to self-reflect on the affirmation you choose for the day. At the end of the day, write down how the affirmation makes you feel. It will solidify a positive thought process.
- Next day pick another positive postpartum affirmation and repeat the process.
- Do not give up. Make a commitment to do them for a month.
How many times a day should you Repeat Affirmations?
There are no hard and fast rules about saying affirmations a day to make a positive impact. According to a psychotherapist, Ronald Alexander, affirmations can be repeated three to five times daily to strengthen positive beliefs. If you have time, you can do it 20 times a day or 2 times a day. It all depends on how much time you have for yourself. It may be hard to find time to yourself when you have a baby but make a habit of saying positive affirmation at least two times a day.
How do I make my Affirmation more Powerful?
According to psychotherapist Ronald Alexander, write down your own affirmation in a journal and say it out loud standing in front of the mirror to make it more powerful.
If you don’t want to write your affirmation, pick an affirmation that resonates with you, then say it out loud with passion, and feel the emotions connected with the phrase to make affirmation more powerful.
You can also self-reflect on how affirmation makes you feel at the end of the day to make it even more powerful.
Positive Postpartum affirmations for New Moms: Conclusion
The first couple of months after having a baby is hard. Your body and brain are working hard to heal, and you can help accelerate the process by staying positive, eating healthy food, going out in the sunshine for a walk.
Remember, your baby is unique, and only you can cater to her needs. So, stop comparing yourself or your baby to others. You are a good mom, and you will figure out motherhood one day at a time and do yourself a favor and repeat positive affirmation every day on behalf of your aching self-esteem.
Good luck, mamas!!
Before you go, let us know your favorite quotes from this list in the comment section below.
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- Cooke, R., Trebaczyk, H., Harris, P., & Wright, A.J. (2014) Self-affirmation promotes physical activity. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36(2), 217–223.
- Koole, S.L., Smeets, K., van Knippenberg, A., Dijksterhuis, A. (1999). The cessation of rumination through self-affirmation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 111–125.
- Wiesenfeld, B.M., Brockner, J., Petzall, B., Wolf, R., & Bailey J. (2001). Stress and coping among layoff survivors: A self-affirmation analysis. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal, 14, 15–34.
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