What To Expect The First Month After Giving Birth

What To Expect The First Month After Giving Birth by North Carolina lifestyle blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

The period of time following giving birth can be a whirlwind.  There are many changes and adjustments going on and no way to really anticipate any of it unless you’ve done it before.

You and your partner will be in for one of the most exciting periods of your life as you start to discover this new chapter of being parents.  However, it will also come with its challenges.  Here are some of the things that you can expect to happen the first month after giving birth.

House Duties Will Be Put On Hold

When you first arrive back home from your time in the hospital you will be very excited to bring your new baby back to your perfectly created space.  Chances are everything has been meticulously set up and placed during your nesting phase.

However, make no mistake that in a very short amount of time you will soon have diaper creams spread all over the place, onesies on every surface, and a sink full of dishes.  This is just part of the process.  You will be so busy caring for this little creature every moment that you simply won’t have the same amount of time as you once did to be able to clean the house or do laundry.

You Will Be Exhausted

Babies don’t come out of the womb ready to sleep for long periods of time the same way that adults. In the beginning, they will only sleep for periods of 2-4 hours, waking up for feedings in between. 

When you are used to sleeping stretches of 6-8 hours as an adult, this can start to wear on your sleep cycle.  You will be forced to get up and active in the midst of a deep sleep.  This could even lead to arguing with your partner if you are both exhausted. 

You Will Still Be Healing

Your body will still be going through a healing process in the beginning.  You won’t be able to lift much or exert large spurts of energy.  It’s important to be patient with your body and remember that this is only a short period of time and you should take advantage of this downtime.  Your body needs it.

You Will Be Home Most Of The Time

In the beginning of your baby’s life, it will be sleeping for most of the day.  You will be spending a lot of time at home since your baby will need to take frequent naps and be changed and fed regularly.

You can expect to be at home probably 80% of the time during the first few weeks.  Rather than feeling cabin fever, try to appreciate this special time with your new family.

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