The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Our newest bundle of joy decided to make her appearance three weeks early.
While we are delighted she is here and healthy, we can’t help but feel we are playing a game of catch-up. The laundry list of things that NEEDED to get done have now been placed on the backburner. Now more important tasks have moved up the list such as: surviving those first few weeks with a newborn.
The first few weeks postpartum are filled with all sorts of emotions. On the one hand, you are over the moon excited for this baby to finally be here. On the other hand, your hormones are all over the place. There are many sleepless nights, your body aches and you are just trying to figure out how this is all going to work.
These weeks can be the longest and hardest. One minute you feel like a rockstar and the next minute you are crying in a corner because it feels like too much. My advice for you is, trust the process. In a time like this, that is really all you can do. Eventually, you will find your groove and these few weeks will be a blur.
To help get you through, I’ve come up with 9 tips I’ve used to survive the first few weeks postpartum.
1. Take ALL the help you can get.
Swallow your pride and say YES. This is a hard one because we think we should be able to do it ALL. The fact of the matter is, family and friends want to help. So let them. If grandparents want to stay a few days – let them. If your moms group wants to do a meal train – let them. If your sister wants to take the older kids for the day – let her. By saying yes you will give yourself the greatest welcome home gift, time. This time will allow you to rest, relax and spend time with the newest baby.
2. Take it easy.
This is a difficult one for me. I’m not sure if I know how to take it easy anymore. With that said, if you want to heal properly you HAVE to take it easy for the first few weeks. When we think about what the body has gone through physically and emotionally, it needs a little rest. So while the house needs to be cleaned or you want to get back into the gym know that eventually, you’ll get to it.
3. Plan ahead.
Three weeks early or two weeks past your due date, you’ll never know when that baby wants to make its arrival. Regardless, having a game plan is always a good idea. Once the baby comes, what will life look like? If you have older children, will you have someone come and help with them for the first few weeks? Does your partner have any paternal leave? If so, when will he use it? Have some frozen meals prepped for easy grab and go those first few weeks. Any type of preparations will help the transition once you are home.
4. Find the one thing that makes you feel human and do it EVERY day.
This is a MUST. This is how I personally survived those initial weeks. Whether it’s taking a shower, meditating, going for a walk or drinking a cup of coffee do it every damn day to keep yourself grounded.
5. Get out.
I know scary, right? But human interaction and fresh air are a good thing. So pack up that precious cargo and take a walk around your neighborhood or make a trip to Target.
Of course, this will all depend on your body and clearance from your doctor but for me, the movement helped me heal. A leisurely walk every day not only fueled my body but also my soul.
7. Eat good food.
Whether nursing or not, caring for a newborn takes ALOT of energy. Energy=calories burned. So fuel your body with good food to help your body heal, improve milk supply if nursing and stay all around healthy.
8. Sleep as much as you can, when you can.
Easier said than done, I know. How can we sleep when there is so much to get done? Listen, no one is going to judge you for the piles of laundry or the toys scattered throughout the house (and if they do they probably aren’t a true friend). So mama when the baby takes a siesta, so should you.
9. Soak it all in.
Above all, take the time to soak it all in. These newborn days seem long but they go by so fast. In the blink of an eye, gone is that new baby smell and those tiny eyes looking up at you.
These tips are ones I have personally used with each of my “bringing home babies”. Just curious, are there any other tricks I have missed? If so, I would love to hear them. Comment below or at A MOM MOMENT !
As always mama, no matter what stage of motherhood you are in always remember, you are a Rockstar!