Let's get real here, postpartum is the most forgotten part of the birthing season.
We all know most of the details about pregnancy, labor and delivery, but the information on the postpartum journey gets mysteriously lost in the shuffle. It may be because you have this new beautiful baby to focus on. I like to think it's because postpartum life, especially that first healing month, can be not so pretty.
That doesn't mean it has to be awful.
Here are some of my favorite products and tips to make the postpartum period a healing and happy time.
Thanks to a difficult breastfeeding journey myself, I've tried every product to heal and soothe nipples under the sun, and I stake my reputation on this one.
A little goes a long way and a whole jar can last and last. Plus it smells amazing and you don't need to wipe it off before pumping or nursing, which is brilliant.
continue to use it as your little-one grows for propping, tummy time and sitting assistance.
Second, mama can get use out of it too. The secret to the Boppy is using it in place of that awful blow-up seat cushion you're given while leaving the hospital. Use the Boppy to provide a soft cushion to sit on while you heal.
I prefer the Organic Cover because it's much softer than the original Boppy covers, which tend to be made from a stiffer fabric, while the organic cover is soft cotton.
Keep what you need handy
With a new baby, it's easy to become overwhelmed with all the new things that need to be done, which can making focusing on yourself during the initial postpartum period difficult. Start by condensing your living space.
Rather than moving from room to room to accomplish diaper changes, feedings, postpartum soothing measures, try and put everything you'll need in one location. When you have everything you need at your fingertips, the worlds seems much less overwhelming.
Start each day by putting all your postpartum needs in a basket: acetaminophen or ibuprofen, stool softeners, heating pad or ice pack, Boppy for sitting on, extra clothing layers, additional vitamins, tea and a water bottle.
When you need to take your next dose of Tylenol, it's right at your disposal. You can plug in your heating pad at a moment's notice. Grabbing a sweater is simple- it's right in front of you.
Doing the same with your baby's necessities, like diapers, extra clothing, swaddles and burp rags makes getting through those first days a lot easier.
Know your limits
Everyone agrees, don't be afraid to accept help and it's incredibly true. Say "yes" to people willing to bring a meal, watch the baby so you can nap or hold her while you shower. These are small gifts that make a huge difference.
But also know when you need to be alone. It's easy to invite a lot of people over early on when you're excited to share your new addition, but this can become overwhelming very fast. It's OK to say "how about another day?" when visitors want to pile up on one day or visit on a day you need a break from company.
Remember, everyone will get to meet your baby. Everyone also wants you to be happy and stress-free. If a visitor-free day is what you need, take it.
Embrace the struggle
Postpartum life brings many new joys, but can also bring a few difficulties. What's most important? Being kind to yourself.
You are going to feel emotions, hopefully many positive, but possibly some sad or negative ones- you just went through a lot! Take time to feel those emotions and acknowledge they're OK to feel.
Understand that doing new things with your baby may be hard at first. Breastfeeding, for example, can be a challenge at times. Just remember you're doing the best you can for your baby and you it's OK to feel proud about that.
The Sown Seed
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