1) Let others take care of you.
Here in Holland we are blessed to have great government provided care for after the delivery.
An hour after we came home from the hospital a sweet nurse came over to do the laundry, clean the house, cook us healthy meals and do Micha and my check ups.
She came over for four hours a day during the first week after M was born. It was so great and such a blessing.
Again, here in Holland it's government provided, but otherwise I'd probably have my mom or sister come over to help, maybe that's what you're planning to do too.
I remember having a pretty hard time with letting the nurse do everything for me, I just wanted to get out of my bed and take over her work.
But she wouldn't let me and I finally accepted that I was allowed to rest. And it was so good.
So, when help comes, whether it's your mom doing your laundry, a neighbor bringing a meal or a friend offering to unload your dishwasher, let them do it!
Don't feel guilty to accept help. You've already done an awesome job of bringing a little one into this world and you deserve to let some things go and let others take over.
2) If you're planning to breastfeed your baby, make sure you surround yourself with supportive people.
I had a pretty hard time when it came to breastfeeding, Micha was easily distracted and it took quite a while to actually enjoy nursing him.
Luckily my husband, B. was super supportive and had done a lot of research on breastfeeding.
He encouraged me when I thought I couldn't do it anymore and never once told me to quit.
I'm so grateful for that man, I couldn't have done it without him.
3) Don't go for a long walk right after you've had a baby. (You'll think your uterus is falling out)
I learned that one the hard way, haha.
A few days after giving birth I was feeling really good and thought it would be a great idea to go for a nice first family walk. It was beautiful and sunny outside and I was so proud of myself for going outside so soon after delivering my boy.
But after about five minutes I began to feel really uncomfortable, I felt a heavy sensation 'down there' and I honestly thought my uterus was going to fall out all over the sidewalk.
Obviously it didn't, that would've been awkward...
I asked my midwife about it and she told me that the muscles that keep everything in place down there need time to stretch back and that was the reason for the heavy feeling.
She also told me there's no way a uterus can fall out, that's reassuring hey? :)
So, no longs walks after baby!
Anyway, I hope this was helpful for new moms, and for you Katie!
Enjoy all those sweet new baby cuddles!
Thank you so much Maria! We're certainly enjoying lots of cuddles!
And I hope you are all getting to spend some extra time with your families this weekend. Happy Labor Day!