You are getting bigger, baby is beginning to feel crowded, and you could become a new mommy any day now. You are thrilled about the idea of meeting your little one, but are you ready?
While you probably have the nursery decorated, the new baby’s clothes washed and put away, and the swing all put together, there are some preparations you may have looked over. You see, many women forget to think about themselves when preparing for the weeks after baby’s birth. Because a happy and healthy postpartum period is so important for bonding with your little one and making a smooth transition, this is a mistake you definitely don't want to make.
Knowing this, you may be wondering what you can do to prepare for your postpartum weeks that will help you have the best transition period possible. Here are a few of my favorite tips.
This is one you’ll hear time and time again, but I’m going to reiterate it here: Get some rest. It may seem impossible to get comfortable right now, but trust me when I say you’ll need that rest after baby arrives.
Stock Up on Essentials
Running to the store a day or two after giving birth is simply out of the question. While you could send your partner, it’s likely that you won’t want your help to leave either. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stay stocked up on essentials during the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
This includes things like milk, eggs, and bread, as well as postpartum sanitary pads, nursing pads and nipple cream, diapers and wipes, and other toiletries.
Prep Freezer Meals
Another thing you won’t want to do right after having a baby is cook meals. Save yourself from night after night of takeout by preparing several meals in advance and freezing them. This works really well with casseroles, pasta dishes, and slow cooker meals.
Invest in Placenta Encapsulation
The insane rush of hormones that you experience right after giving birth can often lead to some pretty erratic moods. Keep those under control by having your placenta encapsulated after you have your baby and taking the pills as directed.
Placenta capsules are often referred to as “happy pills”, and for good reason.
Arrange for Help
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be sure you arrange for plenty of help during the weeks following the birth of your baby. People are generally happy to help after the arrival of a new little one, so go ahead and enlist the help of friends, family, and neighbors. Ask for meals to be brought to you and delegate the grocery shopping runs. It’s better to ask for too much help than to find yourself with too many tasks on your plate.
If you do find yourself feeling overwhelmed, never ever be afraid to ask for help. Chances are, someone will be glad to lend a hand.
Of course, if you find that only occasionally having a helper isn’t enough, there is always the option of a postpartum doula or even an overnight postpartum doula. By hiring a professional assistant, you will be able to accomplish more than you imagined without feeling guilty for handing your chores off to a volunteer.
Are you in need of a postpartum doula? I would be happy to help! Contact me today and we will discuss your needs and how I can assist you.