Most women spend the majority of their pregnancy preparing for labor (as they should). Once they give birth and arrive home, however, they realize they are less prepared for their recovery period than they should be. Although each pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experience is different from woman to woman, there are a few precautions to take in the first month postpartum that are guaranteed to make your recovery much easier.
Whether you have yet to give birth or you just brought home your newest addition, knowing these tips can save you unnecessary discomfort, stress, and even medical issues in a time that should be spent getting to know your baby and adjusting to your new role as mom.
Most of these tips are fairly intuitive, but for the first time mom who has never given birth, taking a few precautions in the early postpartum period will ensure that you're as comfortable as possible, that your body heals well, and that you're able to enjoy your new baby without focusing too much on outside issues. As difficult as the postpartum period can be, it's also a beautiful time that won't last forever. Prepare first so that you can enjoy later.