The nursery is decorated with coordinating colors and fabrics, miniature clothes hang in what now appears to be an oversize closet and an overflow of recommended supplies are at the ready. Parents eagerly anticipate the birth of their child, and now this precious baby has appeared on the scene. Even with all of the classes attended, books read and purchases made, many new parents find themselves feeling overwhelmingly underprepared for the first few weeks after delivery.
The Overlake Mom & Baby Care Center is here to assist new families navigate these weeks and months after delivery. Our top four tips for easing the first few weeks after baby comes are:
1. Accept the help you’re offered and ask for more. This is the time to call in any and all favors. Whether it is housecleaning, errands, watching siblings or bringing meals, don’t refuse assistance. Sleep deprivation tends to cloud judgment, and though you may think you can “do it all,” you don’t need to.
2. Rest. The laundry can wait, housekeeping can wait, thank-you notes can wait. What you need is to rest. Rest is required for you to recover both physically and emotionally. We’ve all heard “sleep when the baby sleeps.” As hard as it is to actually do that, it will really help you in the middle of the night when baby decides it is play time. This often requires limiting visitors unless they are offering help, which can be difficult but necessary.
3. Have your supplies ready. You have prepared for your baby, but have you prepared for yourself?
• Feminine pads are a must. You will continue to bleed for some time after baby is born, and tampons are not allowed.
• Use witch-hazel pads to relieve pain and swelling.
• Stock up on nursing pads, at least two comfort bras, nipple cream and a “My Brest Friend” nursing pillow.
• Visit the Mom & Baby Care Center boutique for all of these items, bra fittings, advice and more.
4. Ask a professional for advice. At the Mom & Baby Care Center, we offer professional lactation assistance for as long as it is needed so that you can meet your goals for breastfeeding your baby. Our RN International Board Certified Lactation Consultant staff is ready to work alongside you as you gain confidence and skills breastfeeding.
When you deliver your baby at Overlake Medical Center, a postpartum appointment is scheduled for both you and baby before you leave the hospital. This very comprehensive appointment is part of the service provided to you at Overlake, at no additional cost.
Becoming a parent can be equally exciting and overwhelming. Our hope is that we can assist you through the challenges and share in your excitement. To make an appointment, find out about classes or support groups, call the Overlake Mom & Baby Care Center at 425.688.5389.