After the birth (#23 Small Talk 2018)

You & your newborn alone at home -now what?

Ok, you’ve done your 9 month stint and been through labour (unless you elected to have a C-section!) and all the excitement of holding your new little human being in your arms while visitors pop in and out at visiting hours is over. You are now at home with your newborn and a here are 5 things you should be mentally prepared for.

1: Benefit of sweating!

It is possible that you will wake up soaked in sweat a week or two after giving birth. This is great and worth getting excited about as it means you are sweating off those extra pounds of fluid which you may have accumulated during your pregnancy!

2: Deal with any disappointment

You may have desperately wanted a natural childbirth but, at the last minute, had to have a C-section for some reason. It is natural to feel very disappointed, but don’t let your disappointment spoil the pleasure of the birth of your child. Accept what happened, happened for a reason and move on (maybe talking about it to hubby, partner or friend will enable you to be more accepting of whatever has happened).

3: Ignore schedules

Don’t be brow beaten by relatives or a “baby book” into getting your tiny little newborn on a schedule from the minute he or she is born! Just snuggle and hold your baby as much as you want to! Let him or her sleep or your chest if you want to – you will never regret doing this and you won’t be spoiling him or her, I promise!

4: Photos are a must

snuggles photos are a must photo credit: GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Take LOTS of photos!  With the advent of smart phones you have no excuse! You should also try to get a set of professional images which will include you with your baby as well as your partner. When you surface on the other side of the baby years, you will really treasure those photographs and so will your child. Even though I have always loved taking photographs, it seemed as if there was just never any time for me to set up a “shoot” for my two when they were babies. And I regret it! I do have photos, just not enough and nothing professional to put up on display!

5: Breastfeeding

breastfeeding photo credit: GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Some moms have a really easy time settling into breastfeeding and some don’t. Read up on breastfeeding and if you do not take to breastfeeding like a duck to water, don’t stress about it! I had a hard time with my firstborn as he just was so “vicious” when he latched on and it was really painful! I lasted for 6 weeks and then spoke to the paediatrician who told me that it would be fine to switch him onto formula as he had already got all the immunity and good things in those 6 weeks. So I switched and both my son and I were happier people!

Final thoughts

The best advice ever given to me as a new mom was to trust in my instincts! Somehow, once you have settled in back home with your newborn these “mom instincts” switch on. As the months pass YOU will be the one who knows your baby the best and you will know what is best for your child. So, believe in yourself and your instincts!

I’d love to hear about your experiences as a first time mom, home alone with baby! Comment in the box below or email me at lydia@gofotolifestylenewbornphotography.co.za

Yours in lifestyle newborn photography

Lydia

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