During the first few days with a newborn you may wonder what to do. Besides the obvious, taking care of them, you have to take care of your self!
To begin with, before you bring your sweet newborn home you want to set up some boundaries.
Boundaries have such a negative tag that goes with it but that because some people do take it personally. Try to remind you self that all you are doing for you are doing in the first few days with a newborn is for the health and care for your growing family!
Some example of boundaries:
-Designating Vistior Hours
-Pick a postpartum support team that you are COMFORTABLE with!
-Visitors must not be sick when visiting
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Boundaries are made for the purpose of protecting relationships with loved ones not hurting them. Try to focus on your new baby over the comments that you may not even receive! Sometimes we are harder on ourselves which can make things worse( in our own heads.)
Rest during the first few days with a newborn!
Of course, you probably have heard this time and time again! But women say it for a reason! You need to the rest to being able to care for your newborn in those first few days as much as you can! Even if it mean you just lay and close your eyes with your baby. There is something about just allowing your body to rest and heal.
Get Some Sun!
Sun is the best medicine! That being said it can be hard to get some sun in the dead of a Wisconsin winter! But sometimes taking a quick stroll outside can be all you need. There is something about the fresh air in the first days with a newborn that just hit differently!
ASK for help during the first days with your newborn!
DON’T ever hesitate to ask for help when it comes to healing and bringing home your baby! We are not meant to know everything or do everything! Listen to your new mama intuition and take it day by day! Postpartum anxiety and depression are a VERY really thing and trying to stay home and willing to learn is the best way to try to avoid any postpartum mental health issue.
You got this! Congrats on your new baby!