The first few days and weeks following Baby's arrival can be a joyous, yet overwhelming event. Here are ten things to keep in mind, to help ease the transition into your new roles as parents.
Accept/ask for help: My type A personality prevented me from asking for help with the first kiddo, but part deux, I accepted the meals brought to the door and the offers of cleaning dishes.
Prepare and freeze your favourite meals: Strolling down to the kitchen to cook a meal will be the last thing on your mind! You will be hungry all the time, so having some healthy snacks and hearty meals prepped ahead of time will remove the hassle.
Your body will ache: It's a lot of work welcoming a baby into this world! Your may feel fatigued and ache all over! Apply light stretches to neck and shoulders as you sit with baby, or calf stretches as you change baby's diaper. Drink more water, or herbal tea throughout the day, and when possible, get a massage :)
Your partner can have postpartum depression too: Check-in with your partner; Stress, and adjustment to their new role can be just as difficult. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032702000125
Breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging: Hang in there! Attending a breastfeeding class prenatally can decrease the stress, as well as having a lactation consultant visit you, postpartum to give you some pointers.
Create a postpartum retreat in your home: In many cultures, new mothers stay in bed for days to weeks to rest, heal and bond with baby. By establishing clear boundaries around visitors, this will allow the ever so important time to bond.
Take some time with your partner: Even if it's just a 15 minute stroll around the block together, the connection is so valuable.
Connect with other mums: This helps to avoid a sense of isolation. It can be so comforting to know that you aren't alone.
Get outside with baby:(Even if it's just the back yard) A change in scenery and some fresh air can be rejuvenating.
Hire a postpartum doula: They will help ease the transition into parenthood by giving you practical tools.