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Post-Birth Survival Guide

November 8, 2008 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Adam

In the first few days after giving birth to your new baby you are likely to be inundated with well meaning friends and family, laden with newborn baby gifts, all jostling to get a look of the new arrival. It can be an exhausting and exhilarating experience for new parents particularly if it’s the first born and sometimes all that well meaning attention can seem suffocating.

So how do you best survive the first few weeks as you adjust to your new found parental status, your new little bundle and for the mother all the physical changes that are going on in your body?

One suggestion is to plan a ‘babymoon’. This is where you and your partner take some precious time alone with the baby to adjust as a new family particularly during the first few hours but even the first few days after the birth. This gives you important time to come to terms with being a new mum and to allow you to recover and compose yourself.

Next limit the amount of visitors during the first few weeks. After a few days of ‘babymooning’ you will probably be excited to show your new bundle off but be careful not to exhaust yourself. If you do find you end up with a non-stop flow of visitors who keep dropping in each day or even worse outstay their welcome then resort to an effective tactic which is to stay in your nightie and dressing gown all day or receive visitors in your bedroom. That way your visitors should get the message that you need some rest!

Keep friends and family busy running errands and accept all offers of help. That way if you get visitors you can quickly assign them a task to occupy them and send them on their way!

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