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Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave

Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave

Having a new baby is a joyous time.  You’ve anticipated their arrival for nine months and can’t imagine what your life was like before he arrived.  But along with the joy of your new bundle, there can also be a fair amount of stress over how you will take care of yourself, your home, and your new baby during those first several months.  It’s important to have a plan before you go into labor that will give you peace of mind, ensuring that you have the support system in place to help you out during this transitional time.

Lean on Family and Friends

Typically, family and friends really want to help you out once the baby arrives.  It can be very helpful to make a chore list for the first several months and discuss it with your family and friends ahead of time so there aren’t any surprises.  Determine the schedule in advance so your support system is in place and ready to go when the baby arrives.

Don’t underestimate how much help you will need during this time.  When I had my second baby last June via C-section, I had no idea how limited I would be when it came to everyday responsibilities.  I had so much to do just looking after my new baby that I needed someone to help look after me.  Mom to the rescue!  Consider having your mom or another relative or friend stay with you for the first few weeks.  You’ll be sleep deprived (and how!), and it will assure you to have an experienced Grandma or relative there to watch over your baby while you take a shower or get some much needed sleep after sleepless nights.

Freeze Meals in Advance

A little pre-planning can go a long way in reducing stress during your first several weeks on maternity leave.  Cooking and freezing meals in advance is a great way to ensure that you and your family have delicious, healthy, heat-and-eat meals.   Stock your freezer with soups, stews, casseroles or lasagna.  These freezer-friendly meals can keep up to three months and are a sure fire way to reduce some of your stress after exhausting days of tending to your baby’s every need.  If friends want to come visit after the baby arrives and want to bring a gift, suggest a meal instead of that new outfit!

Hire in-home Help  

All families are unique and have different needs.  Perhaps you live far away from family and won’t have support close by.  If this is the case, consider hiring a maternity nurse or night nurse to help you with your baby.  This can be a great comfort during those first several weeks, but be sure to interview them to ensure a good match for both you and your baby.  Cleaning can also be a source of stress during this time.  You want your home to be as clean as possible for your new baby, but keeping up with the daily chores will be very difficult once you’re home with your new little one.  Hiring a cleaning service will not only ease the burden, but grant you peace of mind that your home is as germ-free as possible for your new bundle.  Maid Right offers a variety of cleaning services and most importantly, uses EnviroShield®, a revolutionary disinfecting process that kills 99% of the most common bacteria and viruses by reaching and clinging to areas normal cleaning cannot reach.  Talk about peace of mind!

Enjoy the Moment

Most of all, it’s important to cherish each moment with your precious little ones.  It may sound cliché, but this special time goes by so fast and before you know it, you’re sending them off to their first day of school.  So take a breath, take it all in, and enjoy the moments, big and small.