Are you all set for Postpartum but don’t know how to involve your partner?
Keep reading to find out about “The 6 Ways Your Partner Can Support You Postpartum!”
Every mom will probably agree with me on this one: Postpartum is freaking hard! For many, it is by far the hardest part of being a new mommy. It was for me.
You can read all about “Postpartum Facts You Need To Know About“ in the Blog Post I wrote on that topic. So I am not gonna go into full depth about what Postpartum is and what you can expect.
This post is all about how your husband or partner can actually support you during this hard time you are going to face.
Today I Will Share The 6 Best Ways To Incorporate Your Partner Into Your Postpartum Recovery.
1. Cleaning The House
Probably one of the most important ones. As a new mom, you won’t have the time or strength to keep your house or apartment clean. Especially if you tear during birth, walking around will be pretty hurtful. So let’s not even begin to talk about bending over to pick up/clean the floors or doing the laundry.
Make sure to give your place a deep clean right before you go into labor. *Side Note* Cleaning can be a great way to naturally induce your labor at home.
Once you gave birth, write down a cleaning plan for your partner with easy daily and weekly tasks. Maybe your parents/family members or friends can even help you out. Or, in case you have some money saved up, you can hire a local cleaning agency that will help you out during your postpartum recovery.
You should be laying in bed to rest your body for a long as you need it. All you need to do is to recover and taking care of your newborn.
Here are some „Newborn Facts Every Mom Needs To Know About“.
2. Running Errands
Another good one. Most of the time, we women are the ones who run all the errands and take care of the grocery list/shopping. So now would be a great time to let your partner practice that task.
Not only will it be hard for your body to move a lot, going grocery shopping as a first-time mom with a newborn can be nerve-racking. It took me a few weeks to not freak out about going out with my newborn without my husband. Going grocery shopping alone with my baby even took a couple more weeks on top.
So, if you want, write down all the things you need from the store and send your partner to get them for you. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be only groceries. If you need some hygiene articles or vitamins just write it all down and relax.
3. Meal Cooking/Prepping
Obviously, not every husband is a chef or used to cooking. Most of them have to go back to work soon after birth. So your partner probably won’t have the time or the skills to cook every meal for you during the day.
So why don’t you go ahead and create a meal plan and a grocery list for your partner before going into labor? Just look for some simple recipes on Pinterest or Google, print them out, and let your partner do the rest of the work. You will most likely be able to start cooking again a couple of days or weeks after giving birth.
You can also ask your family members for help. Maybe they can switch turns and bring you over some leftovers of their dinner every night. Or again, in case you have some more money to spend, you can order a meal delivery service like Hellofresh or Homechef. They will deliver all the groceries you will need for that meal as well as a simple-to-follow recipe. (Not sponsored, not an affiliate partner, just speaking from my own experience.)
4. Entertaining The Guests
Probably one of the hardest things during postpartum, having over a lot of visitors to meet your newborn. Don’t get me wrong, it is exciting to show your baby to everyone and you should enjoy it as much as possible. But, it will still be hard and overwhelming most of the time.
So all you should be doing is sitting in a comfortable place and enjoy the company. Your husband or partner, however, should be the one who brings out some beverages, hand the baby around and nicely ask your visitors to go whenever you give him the „IT’S ENOUGH“ – sign. You may laugh now and ask yourself what I mean by that, but trust me, you will understand.
5. Watching The Baby
During your postpartum recovery, you should spend as much time with your newborn as possible. Nursing them, holding them, and getting all the snuggles in. However, don’t forget that you need to rest and sleep as well. So whenever your newborn is fed and happy, hand them to your husband and let them be in a different room or go for a walk in the stroller. In the meantime: SLEEP! SLEEP! SLEEP!
Being sleep-deprived is one of the hardest things you will ever go through as a mom. It will most likely get worse with every new child. So enjoy being a first-time mom and use the opportunity to get some extra minutes of sleep in whenever you can!
6. Listen And Act
From all the mentioned ways your husband can support you, listening is by far the most important one. You will be overwhelmed, sleep-deprived, and most likely in a lot of pain and discomfort. All these things can cause a lot of frustration and in some cases lead to postpartum depression. No one wants that to be happening!
So for me, it helped a lot to talk about my struggles. Not only to my husband but also to my family members and friends. I wanted them to know how I feel so that they know how to act and actually take care of me. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed and just can’t take it anymore, tell someone. Let one of the people who care about you also take care of you! Everyone will be happy to help.
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