Breastfeeding Tips For The First Week | Everything You Need To Know

Breastfeeding Tips For The First Week | Everything You Need To Know

Knowledge is power.  And having the right knowledge will increase the likely hood of successful breastfeeding right from the start. 

Breastfeeding is a learned process for both moms and babies. Many think it just comes naturally and happens on its own, but it takes work and practice.

The more you know, the more smoothly your baby will be able to learn to latch with your guidance. 

Let’s talk about the first week and what you need to know to get the job done right. 

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Nurse A Lot

 

Your baby will want to be close to you during those first weeks and breastfeeding provides the comfort and nourishment she needs. 

Keep her skin to skin as much as possible and begin learning your baby’s feeding cues. Rooting and sucking on fingers are your first clues. 

The first bit of sustenance that comes from the breast will be colostrum.

It’s very nutritious and contains high levels of antibodies, which are proteins that fight infections and bacteria.

 

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Make sure your baby gets as much of this as possible. It’s important to her health and growth. 

Don’t try to form any kind of feeding schedule at this time ( or any time really ), Just let your babe suckle as needed and keep her close.

 

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This will assure your milk comes in and she is well-nourished. 

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It Will Be Painful At First

 

Breastfeeding will definitely hurt at first. I know you’ve heard this before. 

 

 

But don’t let that scare you. 

The pain is short-lived and it’s worth a week or so of pain to breastfeed your baby. 

And it’s not even that bad. To put it into perspective, each time your baby latches on, your nipples will burn very badly, but it goes away in only about 10 seconds every time. 

It doesn’t hurt the whole time your breastfeeding, just those few seconds so it’s totally doable. 

There are many things you can do to make it less painful.  You can see this post right here for more details. 

You can use these nipple ice packs and this nipple ointment to help. These two things alone will make a world of difference. 

 

 

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Avoid Artificial Nipples

 

Artificial nipples can really confuse your baby.

It may cause latching problems that will inhibit your milk supply and cause more nipple pain. 

 

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It will also really frustrate your baby. 

Nipple confusion happens before breastfeeding is well established and the baby may have trouble deciding how to suckle on your breast to get milk.

It’s best to wait a bit before offering a pacifier or a bottle to avoid any interruption of the latching process. 

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 What To Expect The First Week Home With Baby 

 

After A Few Days, Your Milk Will Come In

 

A few days into the week your milk will come in like a flood. You’ll notice while your baby is feeding that her lips are coated in white and you’ll know that it’s happened. 

This is a sweet feeling for a first-time mother that is excited to breastfeed. 

Your breasts will swell huge at this point and more and more milk will come in until your body learns to regulate it. 

Your body is amazing and will make exactly the amount of milk your baby needs and wants. 

But at first your body will create way too much which leads us to the next point….

 

 

Your Breasts Will Become Engorged

 

Your breasts will become very engorged after the first few days. It is NOT a comfortable feeling. 

The best way to relieve this pressure is to begin pumping your breasts. 

 

 

You can begin saving the milk for future feedings when your baby is older and you’re ready to try a bottle. 

Here’s a good article on what to do to relieve the discomfort of Engorgement. 

 

 

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Make Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough

 

Checking your baby’s diapers after your milk comes in is a great way to tell if she is being fed enough. 

Her poop will turn mustard yellow and she will generally have 5 to 10 poops per day that usually occur after feeding. 

She will have 4 to 7 wet diapers too. 

All of this is a good indication that she is getting enough to eat via the breast. 

Also, watch her weight and make sure you go to all her doc appointments. This is the best way to tell if everything is going well. 

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Get help If Needed

 

If you find your baby not gaining weight quickly enough, seems hungry or she’s not making enough dirty diapers you may want to contact a lactation consultant. 

You can find one online and do a video call. The one I recommend is Lactation Link. 

It’s also a good idea to take a breastfeeding course. Milkology is the very best online choice and it’s only $19. 

This will head off any problems before they start and you’ll go into this thing knowing what you’re doing. 

Knowing how to latch before you go to the hospital can make all the difference in whether you are successful at breastfeeding or not. 

 

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I hope this gives you a good idea about what to expect during your first-week breastfeeding.

It’s a very special time. I still remember the absolute joy I experienced as I was learning to breastfeed my firstborn. 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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Postpartum Vaginal Care  | Caring For Your Vagina After Childbirth

Postpartum Vaginal Care | Caring For Your Vagina After Childbirth

Your vagina. She takes one hell of a beating during childbirth and it’s no joke. 

Women always prepare for everything when having a baby but this. It just falls to the sidelines and you don’t think about it too much till you’re experiencing it. It really does suck. 

But there’s a lot you can do to prevent and minimize the pain. Your vagina just needs some TLC and I’m going to tell you how to take care of yourself so you can enjoy your new babe instead of feeling terrible. 

Here’s what to expect and how to deal. 

 

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Your Level Of Pain Will Depend On Your Birthing Experience

 

If you pushed for three hours like I did and you tear, you’ll be in worse shape than someone who pushed for 30 minutes and didn’t.

That will give you a little perspective on what to expect.

 

So your postpartum recovery timeline will be very dependent on how difficult your birth was. 

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You will swell up badly if you pushed for very long periods. If you tear, and many do, the swelling will reach all the way back to your rectum. 

Peeing and pooping can and will be painful. So can sitting and sleeping. 

 

Your vagina can take about 6 to 8 weeks to fully recover so it’s important to be prepared. 

 

What to Do About The Soreness And Swelling 

 

The soreness and swelling after childbirth can be brutal. If you have tearing the stitches will itch and hurt and add to the discomfort. 

But you can deal with the pain in several ways. ( Don’t forget you can take Tylenol while Breastfeeding so use it! )

 

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First, Ice.

Ice is your best friend. You can get those Perineal ice packs to use. They will help tremendously at easing your pain. See them here. 

You can also use a cooling perineal numbing spray like this one. This is definitely something you want to have on hand. This Earth Mama Perineal Spray has  Benzocaine in it so it works really well.

It’s what I used and I highly recommend it. 

A Peri Bottle to rinse with when you use the bathroom and Tucks Pads will help cleanse and soothe you as well. 

 

There’s a full list of everything you’ll need to get you through the first weeks below in this post. 

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The Bleeding Is Rough

 

You will bleed. But you won’t just bleed, you expel tons of tissue as well. 

The tissue is leftover stuff from the birth and it can be pretty gnarly. This will go on for about 6 to 8 weeks and taper off. 

 

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The first two weeks or so are the worst but then it gets better. 

You’ll need really large pads to start and I also recommend you use disposable underwear made for stuff like this. 

Always makes this type of underwear and you can find them right here. 

 

 

It Hurts To Go To The Bathroom

 

In the beginning, going to the bathroom will be strange and uncomfortable. 

The first time you pee it will burn like hellfire. One way to remedy this is by squirting your Peri bottle on yourself while urinating. You can spray yourself with some Dermaplast beforehand to completely numb the area too. 

That stuff is a lifesaver and you’ll really need it for the whole postpartum adventure. 

 

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Your first poop is rough too. It feels really awkward and you won’t enjoy the experience. 

Your Doc will no doubt prescribe some stool softeners and that will help a lot. If they don’t request them asap. 

You’ll need to use them for several weeks so get a bottle for home. 

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It will be hard to wipe too for the first several weeks too so using that peri bottle will come in handy.

Some new mamas have used a hairdryer on cool blast to dry themselves afterward so there’s less rubbing. It’s a great idea! 

Lastly, you’ll likely have Hemorrhoids. 

There’s nothing worse than having a swollen painful vagina and a burning bum as well. So make sure you have a good Hemorrhoid cream on hand. 

 

You Should Do Daily Sitz Baths 

 

The first few weeks you’ll be so swollen that it hurts to walk.

Doing daily sitz baths will help take down the swelling and it will help sweep away that not so fresh feeling. 

There’s a little tub thingy you can buy that fits right over your toilet that you can dip your bottom in made especially for postpartum mamas. You can find it right here. 

 

 

 

What You’ll Need To Recover Better And Avoid Pain 

 

✅Pain Relieving Spray 

✅Tuck’s Pads

✅Perineal Ice Pack

✅A Cleansing Bottle Or Peri Bottle 

✅Pads

✅Healing Ointment

✅ Donut Pillow 

✅Incontinence Underwear

 

Other Recovery Tips 

 

 

Do Your Kegels 

 

 Doing Kegel exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to help with any urinary incontinence.

Kegels can also increase vaginal muscle tone to enhance sexual pleasure. They should be a part of every postpartum recovery routine. 

They will also help prevent prolapse, which is something that happened to me. You don’t want it for yourself,  trust me. 

Here’s some good info on how to perform Kegel correctly. 

Use Some Lube 

 

When you get back into having sex after your doctor gives you the go, be sure to use a good lube.

Everything will feel stiff and a bit painful at first.

Lube can really ease the transition and soften things up. Here’s a good one. 

 

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I hope these tips help you feel a bit more comfortable during your transition as a new mom. It’s all very overwhelming and taking care of yourself and minimizing pain is very important. 

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Weird Pregnancy Symptoms | 23 Things About Pregnancy That No One Tells You

Weird Pregnancy Symptoms | 23 Things About Pregnancy That No One Tells You

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of fun and excitement. It’s a little different for every mama and everyone has an opinion about how it will go for you. 

But some surprising things happen that many don’t talk about and some weird symptoms often show up that can be confusing. 

In the list below I go over strange things about pregnancy you may have not heard of until today. 

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Morning Sickness Is All Day Sickness

 

Morning sickness often doesn’t go away in the mornings. It sometimes lasts and lasts all day long. 

You may have heard of this before, it’s pretty common knowledge. 

 

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But you just can’t imagine how bad it can be until you’ve experienced it. Luckily there are safe medicines you can take if it gets out of control. 

It can also last your whole pregnancy so if you feel like you need something talk to your doc and get a prescription to help. 

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 What To Expect The First 24 Hours After Birth

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There are some simple things that can help too like these pregnancy pops and these bands for your wrist. They are for motion sickness but work well for Morning Sickness. I used them myself so I highly recommend them. 

 

Food Aversions are a thing

 

This is something I totally didn’t expect. You’re told that you’ll be so hungry during pregnancy and want to eat so much. 

But for some ( like me ) everything will seem gross. Apples will taste and smell like onions and meat will be a complete no go. 

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This is more common than you think and many don’t mention it when talking about pregnancy. 

You feel sick when you don’t eat yet everything seems too nasty to ingest. I ended up drinking liquid cream just to get enough calories. 

I have no answer for this issue. All I can say is I hope it is not as bad for you as it was for me. 

 

You Shouldn’t  Actually Eat For Two 

 

If you’re one of those lucky gals who can eat then make sure you keep it in check. Don’t believe the old wives tale that you’re eating for two. 

If you do this you may gain way more weight than you are supposed to. 

You actually only need 300 to 500 extra calories a day throughout your whole pregnancy so keep that in mind when you’re enjoying all that food.

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The Tiredness Is Out Of This World

 

We all know that being tired is part of being pregnant, especially in the first trimester. I mean you’re building a brand new human and that takes a lot out of a person. 

But the tiredness you experience is so intense it’s like a sickness. You feel SICK from exhaustion and this happens to most pregnant mamas. It’s very common. 

I would go to work, get off at three and go to bed by six. This happened my whole first trimester. 

 

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I was that tired. If I were able I would have stayed in bed 24 hours a day for three months.

So prepare yourself for this exhaustion by making plenty of room for sleep. Don’t make plans during that first trimester and warn your partner that you’ll need lots of extra rest. 

 

 

You May Get Varicose Veins In Your Vagina

 

This one can be a real nasty surprise. You can actually get these thick bulging veins known as Varicose Veins that stick out of your vagina. 

One morning during my third pregnancy I woke up and took a shower and I felt discomfort, itching, and swelling. I checked myself and what I found was crazy and scary. 

Overnight I got huge veins just sticking right out of there. I called the doc and they said this is actually not that uncommon, especially if you’ve had more than one pregnancy. 

So don’t freak out if it happens to you. It usually goes away after pregnancy and doesn’t become any sort of problem. 

 

And Hemorrhoids

 

As your uterus gets bigger during pregnancy, the pressure it puts on veins can cause them to swell,  also leading to hemorrhoids. 

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and rectum and are common during pregnancy, unfortunately, especially in the third trimester when the enlarged uterus puts pressure on the veins. 

 

So you can expect this as well. Here’s a good cream that can help if this becomes an issue for you as well.  A good donut pillow is an excellent idea for the whole area while pregnant and especially after during your postpartum recovery. 

 

It Can Hurt To Poop

 

Once your Uterus gets really large having a bowel movement can be painful. Especially if you become constipated. 

While pushing you can touch some of the nerve systems inside of your body and it can hurt to push past them.

It only hurts for a moment but it is NOT good. 

 

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This was happening to me and that was how my doc explained what was going on. She said it doesn’t happen to every pregnant mama but it does to some, especially if your baby is big. 

I had three pregnancies and it only happened during my first with my biggest baby. 

Hopefully, this won’t occur with your pregnancy but if it does now you’ll know what’s going on. 

 

Your nose will be stuffy

 

Your nose may become very blocked during pregnancy. It’s extremely annoying because on top of everything else you cannot breathe well. 

It usually happens in the second trimester and lasts through the rest of your pregnancy. 

If it does contact your doc, you may be able to take an oral decongestant. 

 

You Can Get Carpal Tunnel

 

If you have tingling, numb and painful hands during pregnancy, especially at night, you likely have carpal tunnel syndrome.

CTS is very common in pregnancy. It happens when there is a build-up of fluid in your wrist and it puts pressure on the nerves in the area. 

If you have CTS in one pregnancy, you are likely to have it in later pregnancies as well.

This condition typically goes away after you have your baby so don’t worry about it too much unless the pain becomes unbearable. 

 

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You Are Smelly

 

While pregnant your body is producing a crazy amount of hormones and it can make you smell strong. And because you’re pregnant you’ll be able to smell it much more than you otherwise would because your senses are heightened. 

You may need to bathe often to wash away that hormonal residue so that you can feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

Something else that is not often talked about is the smell after birth. 

After birth, your body is spewing even more hormones as many changes begin to occur. You’ll smell double strong and it can be seriously unpleasant. 

You’ll also have an intense smell from down there. It smells like a wound healing because, well it is. 

Your placenta was ripped from the walls of your uterus and it has to heal. All those blood vessels were attached to it and it is, in fact, an open wound. 

That wound smell can last for a couple of months unfortunately and it can be embarrassing.  You can use a peri bottle like this to help cleanse yourself and you can bathe often. But until the inside of your uterus totally heals the smell will likely stay present. 

 

Sex Will Change

 

Sex can go two ways during pregnancy. It will either disgust you and you’ll want nothing to do with it or you’ll be horny. 

It seems that when women are pregnant with girls they’re more interested but with boys, it’s the other way around. 

Or at least that is the pattern I’ve noticed with myself and others I have interviewed. 

But everyone is different and we all respond to pregnancy hormones in our own way. 

 

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Your Skin Will Grow Things

 

Pregnancy hormones stimulate the hyperactive growth of certain cells in the top layer of skin. This can create unusual yucky bumps like skin tags. 

Many women get these on their face, neck, underarms and around their breasts during this time, but they usually go away after pregnancy. If they don’t head to the dermatologist. 

 

There Will Be Cramps

 

Sometimes while pregnant you’ll have cramps and they can be scary.

During the first trimester as your uterus grows you can have them, or during the second trimester when your ligaments start to stretch. 

It’s usually nothing to be alarmed about unless the pain is accompanied with blood in which case you should call your doctor right away. 

 

You May Feel Sad

 

Not everyone is super excited to be pregnant. Even when you can’t wait to meet your baby you still may have depressed feelings. 

It’s those pesky hormones that cause so many ups and downs so don’t expect to be over the moon all the time. 

If you’re feeling down the best thing to do is get some extra rest. This will likely make all the difference in how you feel.

 

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Heartburn Can Be Awful

 

Heartburn can be a real problem for mamas because of progesterone, the hormone that relaxes muscles during pregnancy.

It relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. The growing uterus crowds the stomach as well, forcing acid into the esophagus.

You can avoid heartburn as much as possible by following the tips in this post on Healthline. 

 

You’ll Be Constipated

 

Constipation in pregnant women is thought to occur due to hormones that relax the intestinal muscle and by the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines.

To avoid it as much as possible drink plenty of water and get lots of fiber. That will help some but you’ll have to live with it until you have your baby for the most part. 

 

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Your Feet May Get Bigger

 

The pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the joints around your pelvis so your baby can make her way down into the birth canal, also loosens the ligaments in your feet, causing the foot bones to spread.

So your feet will be wider and this tends to be permanent. Just use it as an excuse to buy some new shoes. 

 

Your Nose Will Get Bigger Too

This is one of the weirdest things that happen during pregnancy. 

Nose swelling is due to increased estrogen levels, which helps blood flow to the mucous membranes and plumps up your nose as a result.

It does shrink back to normal after your baby is born though so at least there’s that. 

 

It’s Hard To Breathe

 

When your baby is pressing up and all your organs are crowded breathing can become difficult. 

It will feel like you just can’t take a deep breath and it’s exhausting. But like all other things in pregnancy, it will be over before you know it and you’ll be able to take that deep breath you’ve longed for all those months. 

 

And You May Pee Yourself

 

When you laugh, when you cry, when you sneeze or cough. Or when you’re just breathing. These are all instances that you may wet yourself. 

This is just one of the many woes of pregnancy but after your baby comes all the pressure will be gone and your muscles will strengthen back up. Usually. 

 

You May Not Enjoy Being Pregnant

 

Pregnancy can be hard and not everyone enjoys it. I did for the most part but plenty of women can’t wait for it to end. 

Don’t feel guilty if this is you. With all those changes comes a lot of discomforts so it’s no surprise that some women feel this way. 

 

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Just take it one day at a time and know that it will come to a glorious end and all that hard work will pay off and you’ll have your beautiful baby. 

 

You’ll Be An Emotional Wreck After Delivery

 

Once your baby is born your body will move so fast that your mind cannot keep up. The changes that happen immediately are so profound it’s like being punched in the stomach. 

Not to mention the emotional factors of having a baby, the relief that the birth is over and the overwhelming feelings of what will happen next. 

You will be a wreck. It’s unavoidable but if you know to expect it that will help you keep some sense of calm and things will be just a tiny bit easier because of it. 

So just be aware that there’s a storm coming. Take a few deep breaths and face it bravely. 

 

 

Your Belly After Childbirth Will Be Horrifying

 

It sucks that our belly’s don’t just shrink back to their former glory. 

But they certainly don’t and the crinkled saggy yet hard thing before you can be alarming.  You have to accept that it will take time for things to get back to normal. 

Most mamas know that this is the case but there is still some level of shock and worry when you’re weeks postpartum and you still look six months pregnant. 

Give your body time to heal and then move into a fitness routine that is created just for postpartum mamas. 

That is the safest and quickest path to recovery and weight loss. I highly recommend The Postpartum Cure if you want to get your body back as soon as possible. It’s the most popular program of it’s kind and it has helped thousands of mamas get that flat tummy back. You can see it here. 

 

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Pregnancy can be really fun but it also comes with a lot of weird surprises and I hope this list has helped you prepare for some of the unexpected! 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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First Weeks With Newborn |13 Tips On How To Survive The First Six Weeks With Your Newborn

First Weeks With Newborn |13 Tips On How To Survive The First Six Weeks With Your Newborn

There’s nothing harder than those first six weeks at home with your newborn.

You may feel prepared but once you get home it hits you. You will feel unbelievably overwhelmed but there are plenty of things you can do to make it less scary. 

Here are some really good tips that will help you survive the newborn phase. 

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Sleep Is On The Top Of The List

 

Naps. You need to take many naps. Every time your baby goes to sleep you should sleep too. 

I know you feel Like you have a ton of stuff to do but just let some of it go. Your body is healing and you cannot function well with little sleep as you well know. 

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And if your babies are anything like mine they’ll be up all night for the first few weeks and sleep more in the day. This is very common and very hard on you. 

Make sleep a top priority so you can feel your best and your body can heal. This will help ward off any feelings of depression too. 

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Prepare For Postpartum Pain

 

This is a big one. Most mamas don’t prepare for postpartum pain as well as they should. 

They prepare for everything else yet leave this out. You’ll be in a good bit of pain that first week or two home and it can be difficult. 

But there are some easy things you can do to help. Check out this post right here to learn what you need to do to get ready for postpartum pain. 

It will make all the difference in how you feel. 

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Take Note Of Your Emotions

 

Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed or fall into postpartum depression. This can happen easily if you ignore your own needs. 

Your body is experiencing a flood of hormones and it will certainly affect the way you feel. 

But there’s a difference in hormonal changes and full-blown postpartum depression. 

 

If you start to feel like you’re going beyond adjusting and the emotions that come with that, then you should talk to someone right away. 

Postpartum depression can make you ill and it can also be dangerous so call your doc as soon as you start treading those waters. 

 

Get Help From Your Partner And Family 

 

Getting help from your family and partner are vital to your survival after birth. 

This is a time of huge change and adjustment and you’ll need help until you can swing things on your own.

 

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Have your mama stay with you the first week or have your partner take several weeks off work. 

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Stock Your Kitchen And Meal Prep Before Baby 

 

You should prepare freezer meals before your baby comes so that you don’t have to spend tons of time in the kitchen. 

So when you’re in that nesting stage and you get that sudden burst of energy take advantage of it and prepare and freeze as many meals as possible. 

You’ll be glad you did. Here’s a list of 150 freezer meals you can choose from. 

 

Keep Vistors At Bay For The First Several Weeks

 

Tell your friends and family that you would love for them to come see you but not until the third week when you’ve cleaned up some and feel more like yourself. 

Be firm with them. You need your space right now and you don’t want a crowd hanging around unless it’s your mama helping you out as I mentioned before. 

They’ll get to see the baby soon enough. 

 

Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend 

 

Those first few weeks it will be hard to make yourself presentable. You’re exhausted and you have a baby to take care of and you’ll hardly have time to take a shower. 

Dry shampoo can help make you feel a little less gross. Here’s a good one to try. 

I remember before my first baby ten years ago I would shower daily. But that all changed the second my babies were born and to this day I still don’t have time for that nearly as often as I would like. 

 

 

Have Mom Friends If You Can 

 

Having mom friends you can call will help you feel less isolated. They can answer your questions and lend support. 

Or even come and help after the first few weeks are over. Having friends who have been there, done that can be very helpful and studies show that this type of friendship helps ward off depression. 

So make sure you have a good friendly support system. 

 

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Learn How To Swaddle 

 

Learning to swaddle your baby well will be a great comfort to your child. In the womb, they’re wrapped tight. This brings feelings of relaxation and calmness to your infant. 

It will help her sleep better and it will also keep her from startling so much. 

Babies have a startle reflex where they throw their arms up in the air often. It’s a normal part of development but it can be disruptive and stress them out so swaddling can help prevent this. 

Here’s an awesome video to show you how!

 

 

 

Go For Walks

 

Getting some sunshine and exercise is just so important during the first six weeks. It will give you energy and strength and make you happy. 

Those walks will also help you with the baby weight and that will put you one step closer to feeling like yourself again. 

The sunshine is also helpful in getting your hormones back in order and it will help fight those baby blues. 

 

Throw Aside Your Physical Insecurities

 

It can be easy to look in the mirror and feel bad about yourself during the postpartum period. It happens to every new mom and those feelings can be strong and ugly. 

But you need to cut yourself some slack. You just gave birth and your body has been through a lot. You are recovering slowly. 

It took nine months for your body to make all those changes and it will take some time after birth to feel like yourself again. You have to respect that. 

Don’t rush into trying to get fit again. Allow time to heal and then slowly move back into your fitness. 

 

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Eat Well And Plenty

 

Eating enough good and healthy food is vital to your energy and mood. It’s even more important after you have a baby. 

Good food will promote healing and happiness so you’ll be able to function optimally. 

Some women start cutting calories right away but this isn’t the best time to start losing the baby weight. 

You need to wait a bit and let your body recover, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Cutting too many calories will cause low milk production. 

When you’re ready to get back in shape and start eating to lose weight you should take a program like The Postpartum Cure. It will guide you in the right direction, help you restore your pelvic floor and help you boost your milk supply. Check it out here. 

 

Don’t Forget About Your Partner

Although it may be easy to ignore your partner’s needs as you concentrate on your own recovery and parenting strides, try not to do this. 

Your partner goes through a lot after your baby is born too.  There’s a lot to adjust to. So take note of his emotions and ask him how he is doing. 

Simply connecting with him can be really helpful in letting him know you care. 

I hope this all helps in making the first six weeks with your baby just a little bit easier. Rest, relax and enjoy this special time with your little one. 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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The First Hour After Birth | What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

The First Hour After Birth | What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

You did it! You just had your baby and it was the most amazing thing you have ever experienced.  

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for is here and they hand you your sweet baby. There really is nothing like it in the world. 

The feelings physically and mentally are completely overwhelming and if you’re like me you will just cry for joy. 

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From your baby’s point of view, she just experienced the biggest event of her life thus far as well. 

And all she wants is mama. 

So what happens next and how can you make the most of it? This is what I want to talk about with you today. 

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An Undisturbed Hour Should Be The Goal 

 

In the past, mother-child bonding often took a back seat to medical procedures immediately following a baby’s birth.

The baby would be passed from person to person before it finally reached mother’s arms.

 

 

They would bathe and weigh the baby, give it vitamin K drops and so on. Then they would swaddle the baby where he couldn’t even really move and hand him over. 

This is not optimal for baby’s development in any way. 

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So What Should Come Next?

 

The first hour should be focused on baby’s first breastfeed and mother-baby and family bonding.

The baby should be placed on the mother skin to skin so he can make his way up to the breast naturally and attempt his first breastfeeding session. 

 

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There are nine stages right after birth that occur during this time and they are as follows:

 

  1. The Birth Cry is the first stage. Your baby will cry immediately after birth and his lungs will expand
  2. Once the baby stops crying the relaxation stage begins. The baby will relax his limbs for a moment and just rest
  3. The third stage is when the baby becomes more aware and begins to look around, moving the head and shoulders and he may move his mouth in a sucking motion
  4. The activity stage happens 8 to 10 minutes after birth and he begins to make more sucking motions with his mouth and he may demonstrate a rooting reflex
  5. Then the baby may rest more. He may rest in between any stage
  6. Then the baby will start the crawling stage where he finally starts making his way towards the breast
  7. The seventh stage is called familiarization. During this stage, the newborn becomes acquainted with the mother by licking the nipple and touching and massaging her breast
  8. After the baby has attempted nursing he may fall asleep. Sleeping usually occurs about 2 hours after birth

 

These stages should be accomplished in a natural way without interruption. 

 

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Babies don’t want to be bathed and be handled by strangers right after birth. This is a stressful time and they want to relax and become acquainted face to face with their mama. 

All mammals are like this. They all crawl towards mama and then attempt nursing. It’s natural and it’s what should always occur after the birth of our babies. 

 

How Breastfeeding Right After Birth Helps

 

Skin-to-skin contact as well as the baby’s suckling at the breast release hormones that help the mother connect to her child and cause the uterus to contract and stop bleeding.

Research has also shown that nursing within the first hour of life improves infant survival rates and makes it more likely that a mother will continue to breastfeed longer.

Babies that are skin to skin are better able to regulate their body temperature and respiration. Newborns don’t have the fat to do this as well as older humans so this is very helpful. 

Being with mama also reduces the risks of Low Blood Sugar ( hypoglycemia ). 

 

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You can let the hospital know that all this is very important to you by creating a birth plan. You can find a free birth plan template to download right here and that way everyone will be on the same page and know your expectations. 

 

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What Else Happens During The First Hour 

 

Spending time with mama helps promote a healthy attachment between you and baby. 

Oxytocin receptors in a woman’s brain increase during pregnancy, so when your babe is born, you will feel a strong love and attachment to her. 

 

 

Oxytocin is also produced in large amounts when breastfeeding and holding babies close so this makes these feelings of bonding for both you and her even stronger. 

Mothers who have these bonding experiences with their baby feel more confident and comfortable mothering later on. 

 

Different Circumstances During Emergencies And C-Sections

 

Sometimes things don’t work out as planned.

If a baby needs medical attention or extra stimulation to start breathing, the child can be moved from the exam table to the mother’s chest as soon as the baby is stabilized.

If you need a C-Section, after a quick assessment, the baby can be moved to the mother’s chest while the obstetrician finishes taking care of you.

At this point, the baby can stay at her mother’s side until she is settled into the recovery room and ready to nurse.

So even during these circumstances, you can spend most of the first-hour bonding and creating the best possible situation for your baby. You may just be delayed by a few minutes. 

The first hour is such an important time for you and your baby, so make the most out of it.

Your baby is stressed right after birth and there’s no need to make it worse by allowing the baby to be passed around for procedures that can wait a couple of hours. 

 

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Make it clear to the staff what you expect with your birthing plan so that you can do what’s best for your baby. 

You’ll both enjoy the experience this way so much more. 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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Epidurals And Labor Pain Management | What It’s Like To Get An Epidural

Epidurals And Labor Pain Management | What It’s Like To Get An Epidural

Labor pain can be SO intense and there really is nothing sweeter than getting that Epidural when you need it. I had Epidurals with all three of my babes and it was great! 

As much as I would have liked to go natural, I just couldn’t do it, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with getting one and it can make birth so much more enjoyable.

In fact, two-thirds of mamas use them with great success.  

Since you’re here I’m assuming you’re close to birth and thinking you may get one so I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what to expect. After you read this you’ll know what’s coming and you’ll feel prepared. 

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It Will Take Some Time

 

It would be great if you could have an Epidural THE SECOND you decide you’re ready, but it doesn’t work that way. 

Once you feel like you want one, they will need to order the procedure. This can take quite a bit of time, unfortunately. 

Like up to an hour and a half if they’re really busy. It’s pretty much torture when you’re ready for relief. 

My advice to you is to not wait until the pain is completely out of control if you’re absolutely sure you’re getting one anyway. Let them know and expect to wait a while. 

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And Here’s How An Epidural Is Done 

 

Here’s exactly what to expect when they are getting ready to do your epidural. 

An anesthesiologist will come in and have you sit on the edge of the hospital bed. They will wipe the area that they plan on sticking the needle in with an antiseptic to help prevent infection. 

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After this, they’ll give you an injection of a local anesthetic to help numb you some because getting an epidural can be pretty hardcore. 

Then they will position a large needle between the bones of your spine in your lower back, making space for a catheter (a small plastic tube) to be inserted into the area just outside the cover of the spinal canal.

A mixture of anesthetic and opioids will then be injected into the catheter. 

After all that it will take about 10 minutes to feel complete numbing relief from the belly down. 

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Sometimes It Takes More Than One Try

 

Sometimes they are not successful at getting the epidural in just right. This means they’ll have to try again and it sucks.

Some women I have talked to had them fail three or more times until they finally got it right. 

So be prepared for this knowing that they may have to stick you several times. 

 

 

 

It Will Really Hurt

 

I hate telling you that, but it’s true. You’re already going through very painful contractions but to get the epidural in you’ll have to experience a different kind of pain. 

Occasionally it’s not that bad. During my first childbirth, It didn’t hurt too much, but the other two were really bad. 

The type of pain you feel when they give you an epidural is nerve pain. It’s like this terrible dull ache when they hit a nerve in your back. 

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It feels similar to when you are drinking something hot or cold and it hits a nerve in a tooth. That sort of shooting, consuming pain.

Not trying to scare you here, just prepare you. The good news is that it’s over very quickly and the relief comes soon after for most. 

 

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You’ll need An IV

 

There will be a needle taped to your spine and it will have to stay in there the duration of the epidural. That’s how the medicine will flow into the spinal canal. 

It feels a little annoying but that’s just part of having an epidural. 

 

And A Catheter

 

You’ll also have a catheter so that you can urinate. Since you’re essentially paralyzed from the stomach down your bladder will not be able to empty itself so you’ll need a little help. 

They often will just give you an ” in and out ” catheter but some hospitals will leave one in. 

It’s uncomfortable when they put it in despite having an epidural. Or at least it was for me but it’s over quickly. 

 

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But Then It May Not Always Work

 

This is the most unfortunate thing about Epidurals. Occasionally they don’t work. Ugh! 

It’s just something that happens sometimes and it often has to do with the skill of your anesthesiologist. 

I was lucky and all three of mine worked great but my sister’s first Epidural was not successful. Meaning it didn’t work at all. 

Some women experience pain relief on only one side of their body too. They have full relief on one side and full labor pain on the other. 

But I guess half is better than nothing. Don’t worry too much though, it’s rare that it doesn’t work but it’s a possibility you should be aware of. 

 

You May Get The Shakes Or Puke

 

It’s very common that you will begin to shake all over after you get the procedure done. It has something to do with adrenaline. 

This happened to me each time I had one and the first time I was alarmed by it. It feels like intense shivers as if you’re cold. 

You may also vomit. It’s just your body’s reaction to the medication. 

 

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It Can Make Pushing Harder

 

It sounds strange to say that you won’t know how to push if you have an Epidural but it’s true. 

If you can’t feel your lower half you can’t necessarily engage and contract the right muscles to do effective pushing. It can be difficult. 

Studies show that you can push an extra hour or longer when you have one. 

I pushed for three and a half hours with my first because I could not push effectively ( plus he was huge at 9.3 Pounds ) and it was super exhausting. 

But still, I enjoyed the whole birthing process so much more because I wasn’t in agony. So having an Epidural was definitely worth it.

So that’s it. Now you know exactly what to expect if you decide to get an Epidural. 

Either way, I wish you lots of luck and I hope you enjoy your childbirth experience. 

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