Organization Tips for Mamas During the First 40 Days After Birth
Mamas spend so much time getting ready for the baby while pregnant. There is the nursery, the clothes, the gadgets and all the bits and bobs. Mamas often don’t give a lot of time and energy for postpartum recovery. This period is usually when you may be sleep-deprived or feeling sore. It also may be that your hormones are all over the place. The more you are physically and emotionally prepared for both you and your bub, the less rocky the transition will be. And whether it is the first or multiple times that you've brought a new person into your family, each time is different and each has its own challenges. Here are Rosie’s tips for getting organized for your first 40 days after birth:
If you’re lucky enough to take a few weeks off before having the baby, that would be the best time to get your meals pre-cooked and frozen. Stock up on some soups, dahl and kitchari that don’t have that much spice. You certainly don’t want to be having spicy foods when you’ve got a little baby ingesting your breast milk. Keeping the recipes plain would be best, like congee for example, easy to reheat casseroles and soups that you can grab straight from the freezer.
Well-cooked foods will aid the digestion, especially because postpartum hormones can slow down the motility of the bowels. If you have had painkillers and the anti-inflammatories as part of your recovery, these can also have a negative effect on your bowel movements. Constipation will not help in the recovery of your pelvic floor as well, so it’s key to keep your bowels as healthy as possible.
Make sure you’ve got lots of well-cooked veggies. And you can even have them ‘pre-digested’ in the form of smoothies. But remember that it’s better to ingest them at room temperature rather than cold again to aid ease of digestion. It can take some getting used to, but it should be fine after a few rounds.
If you’re used to cooking for your family, it can be a challenge to make sure that you’ve got easy and readily available options for them as well. For example, if your partner is capable of cooking then now is the time to let them shine!. It might not be exactly what you typically cook for the kids, but it’s important to allow them to step in to support and help you for a week or two and of course, beyond! You can also try giving them the recipe and just let them help with the food preparations.
Another tip is to have your groceries delivered instead of traipsing around the supermarket when you’re still recovering from having a baby. Having pre planned meals based on what you ordered will make things so much easier as well.
Cleaning Systems in Place
Getting some help with cleaning is also highly recommended. It might be paid help or it might be in the form of a relative coming over to help with the cleaning. It might also mean that you will have to relax your standards a little bit in the first couple of weeks. You definitely don’t want to be vacuuming, mopping the floor or cleaning the bathroom while you’re recovering.
Looking after the older siblings
It might be just getting creative and planning ahead. Try getting a diary to make sure that everything’s covered across those first few weeks. It’s not the end of the world if your older child doesn’t make it to every activity that he or she usually goes to. They can be home a bit more. Perhaps a neighbor or family friend can come in and help out. Maybe one of your mum friends who doesn’t have a new baby can help with the school run, and you can repay the favor down the track!
There are lots of different options, and it is just a matter of giving respect to the woman who is in her postpartum period.
A really great way to cover all of these to get help from a postpartum doula. They are becoming a lot more mainstream these days. They will come into your home and help you with whatever is going to help you reduce your stress and to reduce the load on you, so that you can rest and recover in those early days. They can help with the kids and with a little bit of food prep. They can also connect you with a postpartum meal service.
If you have some extra money put aside, maybe use it for helping you recover after birth, instead of buying a million different extra outfits for your newborn.
The first 40 days is a concept that is definitely growing in momentum across Western culture. It’s a matter of having systems in place to allow you that time to recover. As you expand your family, whether it’s 0 to 1 or 3 to 4 children, your body and your emotional capabilities are all impacted by this change. Taking the time to protect your postpartum recovery period will help you heal with more ease.
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