Self Care + The Fourth Trimester

TIP : Self Care + The Fourth Trimester

by nile nash, RN, WHNP-BC, CNM

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This is a cliché until you actually have a child and realize how much work it is! It’s truly more work than any one person should have to handle. It’s more than even a partnership ought to manage alone, but not because the baby itself is difficult but because absolutely everything else in your life must shift and sacrifice and grow.

My advice to those of us in and around parenthood is to lean hard into your community. Practicing good self-care actually means having the courage to ask your community for help, which can be super hard for many of us.

If you’re pregnant and preparing for the birth, also start to prepare for the postpartum by lining up all the care you possibly can.

The fourth trimester is when the work of parenthood really takes shape. Then make sure you find other parents to be around. Watch each other’s babies, swap tips and tricks, circle up with your community in every way that you can.”

nile nash, RN, WHNP-BC, CNM is a midwife specializing in postpartum care. She is a mama of two young boys. nile is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a car seat safety fanatic. You can often find her teaching the new mothers circle enthusiastically at Natural Resources SF. Check out nile’s website for more info about her postpartum clinical midwifery care, car seat safety inspections, teachings and facilitations, sleep consultations and more at

Jane Austin Yogi IconJane Austin is an internationally recognized Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher and Teacher trainer empowering women and pregnant people to trust their bodies as they transition into parenthood and beyond.

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