Annerley Midwives’ Best Tips For Mothers-To-Be!

Posted on 27 May 2013 by hulda

Best Tips For Mothers-To-Be!

  • IMG_8870Be an active participant in your own pregnancy and birth. Respond to signals you get as you know your body best, not the doctor or the midwife.
  • Do a tour of the maternity ward where you wish to give birth. Ask what your options are regarding your partner, positions for birth, pain relief etc. Listen to the response and prepare accordingly.
  • Attend antenatal classes for preparation for the childbirth. Whether you are  aiming for a natural birth, or planning a C-section consider doing extra classes that cover these areas.
  • When breastfeeding your baby, expect it to take between 4 – 6 weeks for it to feel established.
  • Remember that every pregnancy is different, advice from friends and relatives is kindly meant, but often doesn’t apply in your case!
  • Pregnancy is a time to start preparing for a baby – get used to multitasking, cat-napping and unplanned events.
  • The expert in the labour room is you.
  • Your baby does not have to rule your life, but it will change it. Find ways to adjust and enjoy the change, rather than control it all.
  • newbornThe more often you breastfeed your baby, the more milk you will have. You cannot save up milk by feeding less often.
  • After birth, it takes about 6 weeks for the body to achieve much of its healing. Even after that, understand that it will still take time before you feel totally healed.
  • A normal healthy baby will cry to express its feelings. Use the first days to learn to know what different types of cry mean.
  • An unsettled baby will often relax when lying on its front. Even though this is not a recommended position for sleep, it is fine to try this to settle the baby, and while you are around the baby.
  • A bath is an excellent way to soothe a baby. Fill the tub well and make sure the water and the room are nice and warm. A hungry baby will cry in the bathtub, so a small feed beforehand is a good idea.
  • Big breasts or small breasts, it makes no difference when it comes to making milk.
  • Bad habits are defined by you, not your mother or a book.
  • Enjoy the moment and worry about tomorrow tomorrow. Perhaps your worries just died during the nighttime.
  • Eat protein rich, high fibre and iron rich food in the first days after birth. Drink at least three litres of water and take vitamin C supplements.Two women friends chatting over coffee at home
  • Sex after childbirth might feel a bit different but you are safe to have intercourse anytime after four weeks, or when you both are ready. You might need KY gel because of hormones involved in lactation can leave things a little dry.
  • Pain is usually there for a reason. If you can’t identify that reason, get help.
  • As soon as you are able after the birth, make sure you leave the flat at least once a day. Take a walk or meet a friend – just change your environment a little.

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