Coming home with a newborn is exciting, scary and exhausting all at once. Here are 10 things I learned the first time around:
1. Remember that this time is sacred. When I needed a reminder, my mantra was “This, too, shall pass.” The bad parts but also the good parts. So it helped me to focus on the good and let the bad go.
2. Rest. Dishes and laundry will always be there. Your privates or stomach won’t always be torn up. Your priority is keeping a tiny human alive and healing.
3. Sleep when you can. Not “sleep when the baby sleeps” because let’s be real. I could never turn my brain off that easily. But a nap here and there or going to bed early does wonders.
4. Get help when you need it. Whether it is walking the dog or bringing over a meal don’t be afraid to ask for help.
5. Drink a TON of water. Especially if you’re nursing.
6. Sit on a sitz bath. For those who had vaginal births…it’s a piece of heaven on a toilet.
7. Nurse as often as needed. It will build your milk supply and help with engorgement in the beginning. Babies like to cluster feed. Let them.
8. Gentle breathing and pelvic floor exercises are helpful but the focus is to let your body heal.
9. See a lactation consultant if you are struggling with breastfeeding. They’ve seen a lot of boobies and can tell what is causing the pain and how to fix it.
10. And if you are like I was and have an EXCRUCIATING headache after an epidural, go to the ER and get another epidural needle for a blood patch (that experience was worse than labor and birth itself). The headache stops immediately.
It is a whirlwind of feedings, diapers and attempting to get a good nights sleep but, as they all say, it goes by so quickly.
Mama, you got this 💪🏻
#throwbackthursday photo of me and baby Justin 2017