Okay, so I will admit it. When I found out I was pregnant (all three times) I never really did any planning. I just knew I was pregnant and at the end of 40 weeks I would have a precious little person to take home. I never thought about what would follow after that. As I went on and learned more I was educated about a postpartum plan and how beneficial it would have been to have one. Hey you live and learn.
Rest.......if you haven't heard sleep is little to none in the first few weeks after you have your baby. Sleep is very very very important! In order to maintain your sanity you should aim for at least five hours of sleep a day. Sleep when baby is sleeping. Sleep at night and whenever you can. If possible have a list of people who can help you during those specific times. People that can help you during the day, at night and so on.
Meal and water prep.......I can't even begin to count the number of times I went without eating a meal after I gave birth. Not because I wanted to, but because I was a new mom and the responsibility that comes with it is A LOT! You can cook meals and freeze them weeks before you deliver. You can also enlist the help of those close to you to cook meals and bring them over. Also, if you're fortunate enough to have a mate that cooks, take advantage of it. Stock up on bottled water! especially if you are breastfeeding. Hydration is important.
Baby feeding support.......weather you decide to breastfeed, bottle feed, formula feed, or all of the above, education and support is key! Remember nothing is permanent do what works for you. Reach out for support from those close to you or groups that can support you!
Another important thing to remember is to have support for siblings. If you had children before this baby it's going to be crucial to know that they will be going through a transformation too. Everyone will need to bond and big brother/sister will need to know that they are loved! Let them help you with the newest member of the family. Feeding them or bathing them. Maybe include them in feedings and story time. Also, if it's possible to have some one on one time do so. If you have support people in place who can help you with the older siblings take advantage of that as well.
These are just a few ideas. Create a plan that works for you and your families needs. What ideas do you have? Have you created a plan before? Please share your ideas! Until next time. Peace, love, and light!
Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Coach