Labor is so exciting! You’ve finally made it and you’re about to meet your baby!
I remember it well ( I’ve had three ) and there’s nothing like that feeling. I miss it so much.
But it is also pretty terrifying and even when you feel prepared it can seem very overwhelming.
So below I have created a list of things for you to do and keep in mind right after your labor starts. There’s also a list of resource posts about labor somewhere down there too. I suggest you read all of them.
This will help you feel like you have it all under control ( and you do mama, you do..)
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When contractions become regular, contact your doctor and let them know you are in labor.
Your Doc will want to know how far apart and how long your contractions are.
Once they decide how close you are they’ll let you know when the best time to head to the hospital is.
However, if you are leaking amniotic fluid, have vaginal bleeding or decreased fetal movement it’s important to head to the hospital right away and contact the doctor’s office in route.
If at any time you are uncertain or sense something is wrong, call your doctor.
Get Ready To Go:
Check to make sure you have everything you need. Your bag should be packed but you’ll also want to make sure you have car keys, money for parking, your phone charger, and your doctor and insurance information.
Remember That You Are In Control:
Take a few minutes on the way to the hospital to enjoy the silence, collect your thoughts and get into a good headspace.
Once you arrive at the hospital things can get noisy and sometimes happen very quickly.
It can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time giving birth.
The doctor and nurse are there to help you but you are the one in control. Communicate your needs clearly with your nurse but always be kind and respectful.
It’s important to develop a good rapport with the hospital staff. Respect ensures that your voice gets heard when it matters the most.
I hope this helps you feel more prepared for your labor and I wish you all the best!
Make sure you read the labor resources I listed above. They will make you a labor expert and you’ll definitely be ready for what’s to come!
One more thing… Don’t get caught unprepared for Postpartum. A lot of women forget to prep for this part of their journey and it causes unnecessary pain and struggles during a time when they should be enjoying their new baby. I know because It happened to me.
For some reason, postpartum preparation is left out of most education and conversation.
Check out the two posts below so you’ll be completely ready for what’s to come!
This will help you heal your Diastasis recti by literally allowing your stomach muscles to grow back together.
So you’re asking, ‘ Toni, What is this Diastasis recti you’re talking about?’
Diastasis recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach.
Diastasis recti is very common during and following pregnancy and it occurs in more than 75% of women to some extent!
That’s huge! So you wonder why women who lose all the pregnancy weight still have a poochy tummy right? This is why!!
They workout and try SO HARD and it just won’t get better.
That’s because those muscles stayed separated and no amount of exercise will help if you leave them separated and unwrapped after birth.
I am one of those women. I have had three babes and I really wish someone had told me to put on a girdle and pull it all back together!
Because they will literally grow back into place if you do this and be consistent.
I discovered this because I met someone who had six beautiful babes over her mothering career and her stomach was as flat as a washboard.
** One more quick note: A postpartum fitness program is a good idea too if you’re very serious about snapping that body back. The Postpartum Cure. The Postpartum Cure is an excellent choice and used by millions of women with great results.
I ask her how the heck she managed that and she told me she wrapped her stomach and wore a girdle every time. She told me her mother taught her how and that her mother also had several children and a flat tummy.
So I’m a pregnancy blogger and I reached out and talked to MANY mothers after hearing this. I did my research and you know what?
Those mamas who had inherited this sound advice from their own mamas had nice flat tummies. Even women with a bigger build were able to go back to their original firmer shape.
And knowing all this now… I can’t believe more women are not talking about it.
I will certainly be letting my daughter know when she gets ready to have her own so she doesn’t have to look four months pregnant for the rest of her life like most of us women who have had babies.
So the moral of this story is….. wrap your stomach so those muscles can grow back together.
Belly Bandit is the best source of professional grade maternity and postpartum garments and I highly recommend them. You will not find the same level of quality and support anywhere else.
Here’s a link so you can check out all the awesome stuff they have to offer.
And while you’re at it you should get a belly support if you’re still pregnant. This will also help your muscles and provide much-needed support. This would be the first step to protecting your belly from becoming a stretched out balloon after birth.
Before you go, be sure to watch the super funny video below. It will crack you up! I love the Belly Bandit company, they are hilarious.
I wish you all the best!
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but there’s this one little thing we all think about and it just sits in the back of our minds…
We all question what our breasts will look like when everything is said and done.
It’s no secret that breastfeeding does have a HUGE impact on the way your breasts will look in the future and sagging is often in the forecast.
But there are certainly some things you can do to help minimize the issue. If you do the things listed below consistently and you don’t get lazy about it, you’ll be really grateful when everything is said and done.
Check out the tips below on how to keep your girls flying high!
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Here are the tops 7 ways that really seem to make a difference for most women:
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Wear A Supportive Bra
Of course, you know this… but it’s never been more important than right now. I would even suggest wearing a bra at night to help support the ligaments in your breasts. They are already being stretched and pulled with the extra weight of the breast and this happens while you sleep and move around too. Support them at ALL times. This is good advice so be sure to take it if you want to minimize sagging as much as possible. Here’s a really great nursing bra that you can wear at night that will help give you the support you need.
Exercise and Minimize Unnecessary Weight Gain
Gaining weight during pregnancy is vital for your baby’s health but gaining excess weight will only make your breast problems worse in the end. Ideally, you should be following a program while pregnant. The Belly Only Pregnancy is a great option for this. It will help keep unnecessary pounds off and you’ll have an easier birth. You can check out this program here.
If you want to start a routine after baby then the Postpartum Cure is the very best choice. This course will help you lose the baby weight without losing your milk supply. It will also help you heal diastasis recti and your pelvic floor. This is really important for your overall recovery and a program specially designed for postpartum moms is ideal. You can see it here.
You can also specifically strengthen the muscles in and around the breast by doing certain exercises. The video below gives you some good ones that you can begin as soon as your doc gives you the ok. They won’t improve the actual skin of your breast but they will pull up and firm the whole area making it look better overall.
Feed On Demand
It’s important that you feed your baby on demand. This will help prevent continual engorgement. The constant change of size can really put a lot of pressure on the breast ligaments. If you feed your baby often and when needed it will minimize this issue. You can learn all about How to breastfeed the RIGHT way in the Milkology Course. Every first-time breastfeeder should take the course.
Keep Them Moisturized
Your breast skin needs moisture and nutrients just like the rest of your skin. Especially during this stressful time. Using a good vitamin E oil and Shea Butter on top is a great way to take care of this delicate tissue.
Slow Weaning Will Allow for Slower Involution. Involution is when your breast returns back to their previous state before lactation. Weaning Slowly will give your breasts time to firm up as they change so the results from breastfeeding won’t seem so dramatic and shocking. It will also help prevent clogged milk ducts and mastitis.
Eating right all along the way will help keep your whole body healthy and strong, Your skin subtle and tight and it will minimize extra weight gain. If you want to look your best and keep your breasts full and tight you need the best nutrients possible. Eat plenty of healthy fats, veggies, and fruits. Eating healthy will go a long way in helping you maintain your body’s youthfulness and health. This should always be a top priority.
If you do all these things then you will definitely minimize your breast sagging after you and your babe are done breastfeeding. I cannot promise perfection. No one can, and results will vary but there’s no doubt that this advice does help.
Best of luck to you mama with your babe and your endeavors 😉
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