The transition into motherhood is a truly magical time filled with love and wonder- but often washed in exhaustion and overwhelm. Here are 5 tips to help squeeze every drop of bliss out of your first weeks:
1. Plan a babymoon
Plan to hibernate for a predetermined amount of time after your little one is born. This can be days, or weeks- it's all up to you. Have your partner take time off work, and treat it like a vacation- no schedules, no plans. If you really want to be private, you can even unplug the phone and turn off the computer!
2. Take care of the cooking ahead of time
Whether it means preparing freezer meals before the birth, having friends and family deliver some meals (Meal Train is a great website for organizing this!), or hiring a postpartum doula- make sure you don't have to cook much in those first few weeks. It'll give you more time to snuggle on the couch during your babymoon!
3. Take an herbal bath (or two, or three!).
A nice warm bath is a great way for a new mama to relax, with or without her baby- but adding some herbs can take it to the next level. Mama Goddess Birth Shop in North Vancouver (with local pickup or quick shipping to Squamish) sells a lovely perineal wash that makes a great herbal bath that smells lovely and helps with postpartum healing.
4. Have your placenta encapsulated
Don't let the "ew" factor put you off- when it is encapsulated, it is exactly like taking a pill. You will not taste it. It may seem a little hippy-dippy but I can assure you, it's worth it! Placenta encapsulation has been known to fight postpartum depression, among other benefits: increased prolaction (milk supply!), increased iron stores (more energy!), and decreases postpartum bleeding. You can read more about it here, in a great blog post by Marlo of Bunky Bambino. Marlo is located in North Vancouver BC and offers encapsulation, but if you're located in Squamish then Laura Michelle is your gal!
5. Trust your instincts
The early weeks with a new baby can be totally overwhelming, and everyone wants to help. Don't let the well-meaning "instructions" get to you. Trust your instincts and take care of yourself and your baby the way you want to. Trying to follow others' directions and going against your gut will only create internal stress, which isn't good for you or your baby. Smile, nod, and do as you please!