with susanne grant
Preparing for birth is very important as this can have a huge impact on how you experience your birth, but have you ever thought to prepare for the period after giving birth? What can do you to support yourself to heal in this very important period of your life? These are my top tips:
1 – Write a postpartum plan
Preparation is key to succeed in many tasks in life! So why not write your postpartum or postnatal plan? No idea where to begin? Check out Sarah Keen’s suggestions for her own plan.
2 – Stack your freezer
You need to eat, properly and healthily. Depending on how your birth went, whether you have support or not, this may be easier said than done. Stack your freezer with home cooked meals for at least the first week or two.
3 – Plan your visitors
It can be amazing to share your new bundle of joy with all your family and friend. But not necessarily all at once, or right after the baby is born if you don’t feel like it.
If you want some time alone, communicate this clearly with your visitors (or let your partner handle it for you). You could have your visitors limited to a certain time per day, ask them to bring you some yummy food for your freezer or ask them to snuggle with your baby when you have a lovely well deserved bath or nap.
4 – Sleep!
Sleep is one of the most important aspects in regards to your healing, physically and mentally. Instead of cleaning the house or doing that one chore that keeps bugging you… let it go! Rest, rest and in case you forgot yes… rest!
5 – You Rock!
Keep reminding yourself that you are doing the best you can!
6 – Happy mum means a happy baby
Self care is very important to both you and your partner. There’s no shame in taking 5 minutes out for just you! Everyone needs a break. Plan in some time on a weekly basis.
7 – Don’t suffer in silence
If, for whatever reason, you feel like things aren’t going as fine as you hoped, please don’t suffer in silence! Normal comes in all different shapes and forms. Communicate any concerns to your midwife and/or health visitor.
You can also visit local groups for support.
Remember you are not alone.
[This blog has been written for The Whole 9 Months.]
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