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5 Must-Do's in Pregnancy to Plan for Your Postpartum

When we're pregnant, we spend several hours online researching all the latest and greatest baby gear and gadgets. We make baby registries. We create a beautiful, calm environment for the baby in the nursery. We prepare the entire house for this sweet baby's arrival, but we tend to overlook one thing, and to me, it is the most important.

The most important thing a baby needs, is a healthy mama.

We spend so much time and energy focusing on the needs of the baby, before they are even here. What if we spend just a fraction of that time and energy on preparing for mama's postpartum needs. It can be hard to know what to do ahead of time to prepare for your postpartum period, so I made a list of 5 things you can do in pregnancy that will help you plan!

  1. Educate Yourself about Postpartum. Knowledge is power, and understanding what to expect during the postpartum period can help you prepare mentally and emotionally. Read books, attend classes, or seek information from trusted sources to learn about physical recovery, emotional changes, breastfeeding, newborn care, and potential challenges you may face. Being well-informed will help you feel more confident as you transition into motherhood.

  2. Build a Support Network. One of the most crucial aspects of a positive postpartum period is having a strong support network. Reach out to friends, family, or join local parenting groups to connect with other new parents who can offer guidance, empathy, and practical advice. Consider hiring a postpartum doula or arranging for help from friends or family members during those initial weeks at home. Remember, it's okay to ask for and accept help when needed.

  3. Create a Postpartum Plan. Just as you may have created a birth plan, it's helpful to outline your preferences and expectations for the postpartum period. Consider factors such as who will be responsible for household chores, meal preparation, and caring for older children. Discuss with your partner how you will share responsibilities and communicate your needs and desires for bonding, rest, and recovery. Having a plan in place can alleviate stress and ensure that your needs are met during this vulnerable time.

  4. Prioritize Self-Care.During pregnancy, it's easy to focus all your attention on the baby, but it's equally important to prioritize self-care. Engage in activities that nourish your body and mind, such as gentle exercise, meditation, prenatal yoga, or regular massages. Take time to rest, relax, and pamper yourself. Remember, a happy and well-cared-for mother is better equipped to care for her baby.

  5. Nurture Your Relationship. The arrival of a new baby can put strain on even the strongest relationships. Prioritize nurturing your relationship with your partner during pregnancy, strengthening your bond and communication. Plan regular date nights, express your feelings openly, and discuss how you will support each other during the postpartum period. Remember, your partner is also going through a significant transition, and maintaining a strong connection can make the journey smoother for both of you.

Pregnancy is the ideal time to start preparing for a positive postpartum period. By educating yourself, building a support network, creating a postpartum plan, prioritizing self-care, and nurturing your relationship, you can lay the groundwork for a positive and fulfilling postpartum experience. Remember, every journey is unique so give yourself love and grace and don't compare. Postpartum recovery is a journey, not a race.

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