Thoughts of a working and delivery sister
Liesel Teen is a birth and delivery nurse (L & D RN), mom, the face behind the popular pregnancy Instagram page @mommy.labornurse and creator of the online birth class, Birth it on. She has a passion for childbirth for as long as she can remember, and she loves to share her nursing knowledge to help expectant mothers. She lives in North Carolina and is expecting her second baby in August 2020.
Most pregnant mothers are preparing for their baby and birth very well. We take part in the birth courses, carry out the perfect registration, set up a Pinterest-worthy kindergarten and follow all the guidelines of our provider for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
And that’s awesome! In fact, as a Labor & Delivery nurse, I LOVE to see how mums prepare for the birth and educate them. It’s totally my thing and why I started my site Mama laboratory nurse.
But today I’m here to talk a little bit about what’s beyond birth. Because birth is only one day. Caring for your newborn is your new responsibility around the clock. no matter what. And we could all benefit if we prepare a little bit better beforehand!
Here I will share the five things I would have liked to know before I brought my first baby home – the things that would have given me more confidence in the early days, weeks and months as a mother. The things I want you to learn from!
Sleep creates sleep for babies
Baby sleep is a topic that you are likely to read and think about endlessly once your baby arrives. I could go on and on my best tips for newborns and what to do and not to do. But if I could choose a piece of advice, would I wish I knew something about baby sleep? Sleep creates sleep.
The more frequently Baby sleeps that better they will sleep. If babies stay awake longer, they actually sleep shorter or have more sleep disorders. For this reason, it is important to learn the baby’s wake-up times. You want to be a master at reading your baby’s sleeping tips to follow the “more is better” philosophy.
In development, most babies aged 0 to 3 months can only stay awake for 1-2 hours during the day. For some, they may only stay awake as long as they slept during their last nap. If baby takes a 30-minute nap, they may be ready to sleep again after only 30 minutes of waking.
In newborns, the nap often takes just 30 to 60 minutes, and you may feel like you’re only feeding your baby and making him sleep. But believe me, this is completely normal and prepares you for longer periods of sleep earlier. For babies aged 4 to 12 months, a great tool to track how long and how well the baby is sleeping Owlet’s dream laboratory. This sleep training program uses your baby’s sleeping habits to create a custom sleep plan that will help you and your child sleep well.
Breastfeeding can be difficult
I got the wrong impression that breastfeeding was an innate thing that we could all just do. I thought babies and mums could just breastfeed without asking questions. Well, mom, I was wrong!
For many, breastfeeding involves a steep learning curve. It often takes a lot of determination, troubleshooting, and persistence, but it’s worth it in the end if you can get it to work.
My own breastfeeding trip was not without hiccups, and I struggled with a low milk supply that stole the joy of my newborn experience and decided to start taking supplements. It was the best decision ever and I looked after my son well after a year.
So what can you do before your baby arrives? Learn as much as possible about breastfeeding now. If you become familiar with the basics of breastfeeding, you are on the road to success. If breastfeeding is important to you, preparation is key. Just as we approach every other life goal with exercise and education, breastfeeding should be the same.
A certain recovery is associated with all births
Whether you have a natural birth, an epidural, an induction, a caesarean section, or something in between, each birth has an aspect of recovery. Yes, recovery from a caesarean section is usually a little more intense, but every mother should prepare for postpartum complaints and exhaustion.
It is so important to give yourself grace and time to rest after birth. And I don’t just mean during your hospital stay! Postpartum healing and adaptation to life as a mother takes time. Do not dive straight into social visits, housework, and cooking. Your body needs to recover because birth takes a toll and rest is important. Use the Owlet Monitor Duo to ease your worries and get the rest you need. The cam Stream audio and HD video to your phone while that Smart sock Tracks the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. This way you can relax and unwind while the baby is sleeping in his room!
You can actually do a lot to prepare for birth before your baby arrives. For example, if you fill your freezer with cooked meals, buy household items, and have grooming products on hand after birth, you can better rest and heal.
Emotional and mental health problems are common
Mental health problems are more common after the birth of your baby than many mums believe. It is estimated that up to 80% of all new mums experience the baby blues.
We’ve all heard of postpartum depression, but until you face it, it can be abstract and hard to believe. Many mums shared their stories with postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders in the United States Mama laboratory nurse Community, and my heart goes out to everyone.
I think it’s so important that young mums learn about emotional health problems before they bring their babies home so they know the red flags and warning signs. Here’s a quick overview to help you understand the characteristics and differences between baby blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum anxiety:
- Baby blues: These are often described as the feeling of being tearful or having bad PMS. It peaks about 4-5 days after birth. You may have mood instability, sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or poor concentration. If it is baby blues, these symptoms gradually improve after about 3 weeks and that is the main difference you should remember.
- Postpartum depression (PPD): PPD lasts longer than three weeks and is generally a more serious or significant version of the symptoms described above. Often it’s about not being able to function, feelings of hopelessness, lost interest in things and the feeling that it is impossible to connect with your baby. It usually occurs within the first 3 months, but can occur at any time after the birth of a child.
- Postpartum anxiety (PPA): This is discussed a little less, but presents many new mums with great challenges. Postpartum anxiety is described as a constant or almost constant concern that cannot be alleviated, feelings of anxiety and sleep disorders even when baby sleeps peacefully. If you notice these types of symptoms, please contact your provider so they can help you.
You will experience a love that you never thought possible
Despite sleepless nights, breastfeeding problems and postpartum complaints, you will fall in love with a tiny person. You will enjoy cuddling and napping on your chest. You will be impressed by her tiny features, her perfect profile and her adorable feet. You will feel like your days will never end, but you will be blinded by how quickly everything goes by. Most of all, you will rock motherhood in your own way as the perfect mother for your baby.
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