Almost all new mums get mixed emotions like joy, anxiety, and paranoia when they first receive the news of their pregnancy. You will start focusing on preparations for your baby’s arrival while trying to remain healthy at the same time. All these preparations are done in hopes that by the end of nine months, you will be well prepared with everything you will need for the baby’s arrival.
However, if you are a first-time mum, you may get confused about what preparations should be done. Your body will keep changing during the pregnancy and immediately after you give birth, hence you will have to take care of it differently than before.
To make this easier for you, below is a list of some of the things you will need after your baby arrives:
You will need maxi pads immediately after you give birth because there is some bleeding that follows after childbirth. It is heavier than your usual menstruation and these maxi pads will be able to prevent any accidental stains you may leave on your chairs or bed.
The right underwear
It is advisable that your underwear is ‘big’ enough to go right up your navel button because if you happen to give birth by cesarean section, you would not want your regular underwear going right across your incision. You would also need it for a vaginal delivery because you may experience postpartum cramping that will make your regular underwear uncomfortable.
Nursing friendly clothes
If you choose to breastfeed, make the process easy by selecting clothes that will not involve too much fumbling when breastfeeding. Tank tops would be a great investment for this.
Nursing bras will make it easier for you to breastfeed while offering enough support. They are also more comfortable than your regular bra. Avoid buying your nursing bras when you are far from delivery. To get the right fit, you will need to buy them when you are six weeks or less to your expected day of delivery.
The nursing pads will help you remain dry even when your breasts are leaking.
A confinement nanny
Having a confinement nanny will make your transition to motherhood easier. It is a happy period, but it is not as easy as it seems because babies need constant care and you will not be strong enough to handle your child alone. You will need rest from your daily household chores for about a month to give your body time to recover. Find out more about such services from a confinement centre before your due date.
Childbirth brings with it happy moments. However, it also comes with its responsibilities. The list above is prepared to help you have a smoother transition to motherhood. Happy motherhood!