Postpartum Depression – It’s very important to keep a mental or paper record of negative thoughts and behaviours. If they get worse over time, then you need to let someone you trust, know of these changes, or seek help from a professional. This is nothing to be ashamed of, and is more common than you would think.
Placenta Encapsulation - This is a great one to look into and research. The placenta is very rich in nutrients and is thought to lessen postpartum mood disorders, increase milk supply, and balance hormones.
Breastfeeding/Bottle-feeding – Choose whatever is right for you. Breastfeeding can be challenging at first, but if you can stick with it, it’s well worth it (also very cost effective and convenient).
Your postpartum body:
Hair loss - normally starts about 3 months postpartum and can continue for many months afterward.
Uterine contractions - generally last the first few days after your baby is born, your uterus will continue to contract back to it's normal size. You may feel these (especially while breastfeeding) or you may not.
Postpartum Bleeding - Bleeding after you have a baby is generally heaviest the first week, where you will need to use thick pads, then it starts to lighten up and can last up to 6 weeks.
Postpartum belly binding - Belly binding or wearing a girdle postpartum, can be a great way to bring your core muscles and organs back to their pre-pregnancy state.
Swaddling/Babywearing – These are things that are extremely helpful with a newborn baby. Babies go through what is called the “fourth trimester” where it's important to help them feel safe and secure like they did in the womb. This will make your postpartum life much easier!
Sleeping arrangements – Everyone will tell you something different, but you need to do what works for you, plain and simple - whether that’s co-sleeping or having baby in a crib, in his/her own room.
Circumcision (if you have a boy) – This is a very personal choice, which you should research first, but if you do choose to have your baby circumcised, make sure you have the funds ready to pay for it, and talk to your doctor or midwife about where to have the procedure done.
Meals – Making meals for the family, after having a baby, can be a very daunting task, so consider making up some freezer meals beforehand.
Other children – How will your other children react to a
new baby? Who is willing to help you out with your older children when you need a break? How can you make the transition of bringing a new baby home, easier on the family?
Take care of yourself - Remember to take it easy for a while, eat healthy, and if you have any health concerns at all or you just don’t feel well, talk to your family doctor.