June 14, 2013

Preparing for a Little One: Recovering After Labor

After waiting 9+ months, most moms are so overjoyed when their little one actually arrives that they don't give much thought to their own recovery after childbirth. Labor is hard work and your health is just as important post-pregnancy as it is while you're carrying baby. Your little one needs you to be healthy so that you can properly care for them. 

This week's "Preparing for a Little One" linkup is all about tips for a quick recovery after labor. 

Moms, join the conversation each Friday and mommies-to-be I hope you find this series helpful. Below are the upcoming topics. Kaitlyn from Wifessionals and Jennifer from Five 27 Jones are the hosts that conjured up this fantastic (and extremely helpful) linkup idea. Make sure to check out what all the other blogging-mommies have to say!

Friday, June 21: Struggling With Postpartum Depression
Friday, June 28: BabyWise vs. Attachment Parenting
Friday, July 5: What You Really Need In A Diaper Bag
Friday, July 12: Buying vs. Making Baby Food
Friday, July 19: Cord Blood Banking vs. Not Cord Blood Banking
Friday, July 26: Moving Baby To Solids: Ideas, Tips & Tricks
Friday, August 2: Shopping For A Little One: Favorite Stores & Shops
Friday, August 9: Introducing Your Child Into A Home With Older Siblings Or Pets
Friday, August 16: How To Stay Connected To Your Partner
Friday, August 23: Baby-Proofing Your Home
Friday, August 30: Baby-Proofing Your Marriage

Here are some tips that can help you on your road to recovery:

Listen to your doctors and nurses - There are centuries of knowledge and learnings when it comes to childbirth and labor recovery. And while it may be your first (second, or third...) time having a baby, the doctors and nurses have personal experience, schooling and professional practice that they can rely on when it comes to your care. Listen to their advice, ask them questions and use them as a resource on your journey to recovery. 

Take the supplies the hospital provides - Your hospital should send you home with a bag of "goodies" that can be used to help you recover. Accept those supplies and use them as directed. If you need more medicine before you leave don't be afraid to ask. Most of the supplies they give you cannot be found in typical drugstores so stock up!

Rest - No explanation is really needed here, but make sure to sleep when you can. I know it's exciting having a little one at home but make sure to take naps (at least sometimes) when the baby naps. 

Ask for help - Ask you parents, friends, spouse, neighbors... for help when you need it. Don't try and be superwomen or else you'll learn quickly that your kryptonite is your inability to ask others to assist you.

Don't feel the need to entertain - You have plenty going on, don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself by hosting visitors. If you do have visitors make sure that they help out and set specific restrictions on their visit (i.e. they can come over for 2 hours but need to leave by 6:30). 

Eat plenty and drink water - Water and fruits and veggies can work mini miracles when it comes to aiding your body in recovery. Make sure to stockpile the house with nutritious snacks and meals. If you're up to it, try and prepare some meals ahead of time so you can just heat them up when you're ready to eat them. It will save you time and precious energy when you bring baby home.

Cuddle with your baby - At least for me, almost nothing could make me feel better than cuddling with my sweet boy. Laying on the couch with him in my arms made any pain, discomfort or sleepiness seem to disappear (at least for a moment).

I hope you find some of this advice helpful! Be sure to check out other mommy-bloggers in the linkup for more great tips!

In other mommy-news, have you ever read, Simplicity Parenting? I've been slowly making my way through it and I'm finding the content very insightful. Even though it doesn't pertain to our household yet, it's given me some things to keep in mind as <A> gets older. It talks about simplifying a child's life and environment which in turn gives them a true childhood. The author argues that many children are pushed into adulthood prematurely, but by implementing at least some of his practices you can help your kiddos remain children. 

Do you have any good parenting books that you recommend?

Have a great weekend and, as always, be blessed,
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  1. The Baby Whisperer and the Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems were life-savers for us! And now, in my almost 8 years of parenting,and 4 boys later, I've read lots of books! Still--for the nitty-gritty, what do I when baby does this?, these books topped my list!

    1. I'll have to check those out! Thanks so much for the suggestions!