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FOUR T H I N G S Y OU SHOULD

DO NO W T O P R E P A RE FOR A
BETTE R P O S T P A RTUM
1. GATHER YOUR SUPPORT TEAM 2. PLAN OUT YOUR MENU
It's time to gather your dream team of people who you When you are recovering from the hard work of birth,
want to support you after birth. This may be friends, learning how to parent, and making milk to feed your
family, social/faith groups professionals who you feel little one, you need wholesome food to fuel you
comfortable asking for advise or talking through your through the day. In fact, you need about 500 extra
emotions or new parent challenges. You should also calories while feeding an infant. Processed foods just
have people in mind who are willing to come help with won't cut it to keep you healthy. Instead, try to plan
the practical side of having a new baby - bringing meals, ahead for how you can get whole, nourishing foods
throwing in some laundry, doing a load of dishes, throughout your postpartum time.
holding your baby for a few minutes so you can shower,
and hanging out with older siblings. And no, your parent Thinking about starting a meal train (check out
can't do it all alone! mealtrain.com) to have your support people deliver
meals to your door, make and freeze food in smaller
People in your inner circle who already have kids will portions ahead of time (make a party out of this!), or
often be your biggest support in this category because ask for some baby shower gifts to be gift cards for take
they are familiar with how much support new parents out.
need. Rely on the village it takes to grow a family!
You can also sign up for grocery delivery services so
Don't have nearby family or close friends you want to fresh, healthy food can easily find its way to you with
ask for help? That's where professionals like postpartum just a couple of clicks.
doulas, house cleaners, or baby sitters come in handy.
Now is the time to splurge on these services!
4. LEARN TO RELAX
3. BUILD YOUR NEST This can mean a few different things. First and foremost,
the importance of rest in the postpartum period cannot
Although there's no need to completely renovate your be stressed enough. Getting in this mindset now will
home to prepare for postpartum, creating a functional make it easier to accept after birth. You should get as
space will serve you in a few ways postpartum. First, you much sleep as you can in the early days and weeks. Then
want the spaces that you'll spend the most time in to be rest your body, mind, and spirit when you can no longer
functional. Consider re-arranging furniture or tweaking sleep. Stay close to home (and your nest you've created).
things so you'll have all the supplies you'll need for you Revile in your birth and in your power. Appreciate meals
and for baby handy (so think about having plenty of in bed. Expect a slower pace of life while adjusting to life
diapers and snacks close by, for example). with a baby. Dedicate the postpartum time to healing,
learning, and bonding.
But you also should make sure the space feels good to
you, which will boost your mood and help your healing. Allow yourself to let go of expectations for what you
Clear some clutter and some dust. Fill your space with think you "should" be doing or major plans for after
comfy textures, soothing colors, or maybe your favorite birth. Practice mindfulness or conscious thoughts during
aroma, and gift yourself a pleasant postpartum place to pregnancy to help prepare you for early parenting.
heal in. You deserve it!
References
Hibbert, C. (2017). Postpartum depression treatment: Self-help. Retrieved from http://www.drchristinahibbert.com/postpartum-depression-treatment/self-help/
Lim, R. (2001). After the baby's birth: A woman's way to wellness : a complete guide for postpartum women (2nd edition).
Ou, H., Greeven, A., Belger, M. (2016). The first forty days: The essential art of nourishing the new mother. New York, New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang.

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