This list was compiled after many chats with new and expecting mums at Crystal Street Family Chiropractic
1. Have some clothes that make you feel comfy and happy in your hospital bag for when people come visit you at the hospital.
2. Accept help from family or friends that offer.
3. Have a list of chores you need help with so that if someone asks you can give them something and don’t be shy to do so.
4. Pre-cook meals that you can keep in the freezer or allow friends/family to fill the fridge or freezer. There are some great websites that create a schedule for meal drops from friends/family.
5. Order your groceries online. Coles, Woolies and Harris Farm have delivery and pickup services.
6. Let your partner be the gatekeeper for visitors and if you are tired let them entertain for you.
7. Don’t be afraid to cry – it’s a great stress release.
8. Realise that you are getting to know a new person and how they fit into your life - your norms will be challenged.
9. Have a nap when your partner gets home from work. They will be excited to be with bub and you can disappear for a little bit.
10. Ask friends or family to come over so you can have a shower, a nap or a brief relax if needed.
11. Get some fresh air. Take bub out for walks or let someone watch bub while you get some sun on your face.
12. Use your resources; lactation consultants, breastfeeding association, mothers’ group, facebook pages, paediatric nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc.
13. Nap when bub naps or least give yourself a chance to put your feet up.
14. Having a messy house is not the end of the world!
15. Enjoy this time as in the blink of an eye they are all grown up!