Since the last time we’ve connected, I had my sixth baby.
Her birth was fast and furious starting a little after 6 AM on Monday morning and ending at 6:24 AM with her in my arms. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have another Homebirth and for my children to meet her moments after she was born.
This week has been all about rest for me and as you’ve probably been able to tell I have not been working as much. I’m doing my best to share all things postpartum in the moment so be sure to follow me on social media to see more.
One of the first things that I stressed is how important it is for a mother to heal after she has a baby. Unfortunately, in our country we tell moms to get back to their normal routines sooner than their bodies need to. I suggest resting for at least two weeks and focusing on healing, bonding with your baby and feeding your body with nutritious foods.
With that being said, if you’re wondering what is super important to focus on postpartum or if you have a friend that’s about to have a baby I want to do something for them, the answer is food. Making sure that a meal train is set up for you take a meal or if you’re the mom and you don’t have anyone to help, making sure before you have the baby that you’ve prepped meals to eat is super important. I’m so thankful that with my last few pregnancies are friends and family have stepped up to feed us. With my first few babies I did not have anyone to fill in the gap with food and it was not only stressful but caused me postpartum issues being on my feet and cooking for myself.
The next thing that I’ve talked about being important is knowing what to do when your milk comes in if you are breast-feeding. Because I breast-feed on demand I don’t focus on pumping because you teach your body how much milk to produce and if you pump you’re telling it to also keep up what you’re putting off. I use a Hokka while I’m nursing the baby on my other breast for this reason. I am able to put away tons of milk that would’ve just been wasted in a breath pad by doing this. If you are a soon to be mom or if you were someone looking to gift something to a friend or loved one before they have a baby I would strongly urge you to get one of these.
Aside from those two things, resting with the baby is obviously really important and that’s something that I set myself up for success to do.
The postpartum world can be scary to navigate but after six kids I’ve found that having certain products on hand can be very helpful! Check them out below. Click the picture to shop grab all the Beautycounter products I’ve shared by clicking here.