This post is brought to you by Life-Space but it is all my own thoughts and feelings. S x
FACT: No amount of books on birth or babies can ever prepare you for the reality of when your kid actually arrives. I read ALL the books and had ALL the chats and even after giving birth to my third baby, my head was still blown. You feel equal parts powerful and totally clueless.
Whether you’re having your first or your fifth baby there are a few tips and tricks to help you get ready for the new arrival. Please note, this won’t prepare you for the ‘feels’ but it can help with the practical side of navigating the first few months.
After just coming out of the newborn thickness for the third time, I have a tried and tested list of my post-partum go-tos; so if you or your mates are about to pop out a bub, here are my suggestions for your new mumma support kit.
- A new and good flowing water bottle – Because…HYDRATION! It’s the key to every new mum’s existence. It doesn’t matter if you’re breastfeeding or not, the amount of liquid that leaves your body after the first few weeks of birth will BLOW YOUR MIND. From sweating out of every pore to fluid in places that sometimes makes your jaw drop…water is essential and loads of it.
- Probiotics –For my first two kids I didn’t use a probiotic but with my third little nugget I used Life-Space Probiotics for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding and I still do because that kid is still hanging off my tattas. It helps to support a healthy immune system, as well as maintaining healthy vaginal flora (I know I know, feels icky just thinking about ‘flora’ but the good bacteria ‘down there’ can use help too), supports digestive health, and it’s got Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in it, which can reduce the risk of your baby developing eczema if you take it during pregnancy and breastfeeding and give it to bub. It also contains Lactobacillus fermentum CECT 5716 which may reduce the recurrence of mastitis when taken at the first signs, as well as relieve or reduce breast pain and discomfort associated with mastitis*. Pop a little jar of this into your gift bag for your friends or you!
- Snacks – and boat loads of them. Make some healthy nutritious snacks or better yet, just buy them. But buy a ton of them…making food and planning meals is one of the worst parts of having a new baby. It’s annoying and you need food that gives you energy and tastes good cause you will be ravenous. Giving your mates something quick, easy and healthy to warm up or just shove in their trap is a godsend. Trust me.
- Naps – sounds like it should be easy right? Well, it’s not. There are things to be done around the house but the tiredness is what brings a new mum undone. Make sleep as much as a priority as food.
Most of all – drop your standards…you will not accomplish much for the first six weeks and that’s okay. Oh, and say NO to visitors when you just don’t have the energy. This is one of the only times in your life you should be able to only worry about yourself. Stay in that baby bubble for as long as you can. It’s the most beautiful time of your life but it’s also the most tiring, so make sure you remember to do what YOU need, not what you think you SHOULD do.
And remember, it will pass. Time moves quickly and one day shortly you will soon feel like yourself again (but with a kid hanging off you FOREVER! #blessed).
And just a side note, I now use Life-Space probiotics for all of my kids, it comes in Probiotic Powder for Baby and Probiotic Powder for Children and it’s the bee knees. Even my hubby takes the Broad Spectrum Probiotic to assist with healthy digestion! There aren’t many products I swear by, but these are some of them. They support general health and wellbeing and immune health. Check them out here.
*Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Seek prompt medical advice if the breast is red, hot, tender and/or if flu-like symptoms with a fever are present. For mastitis take 3 capsules daily.