I did not write this but a friend of mine did, and I agree with what they say! I did edit it to what worked for us…
- When you get the big POSITIVE, please get on a prenatal vitamin. You will be surprised at how many people do NOT take one. I took OB ONE COMPLETE, which you will get from your OB/GYN at your NEW OB appointment.
- Drink water like its homework. Seriously! 8-12 Water Bottles, what have you, a day, is what you need to be consuming, if not more. This will obviously help keep you hydrated but it will prevent cramping in your uterus. And of course, it is GREAT for baby.
- EAT! Don’t be scared to gain weight. 25-35 is normal weight gain. If you are having multiple babies, then more weight gain is expected. If you gain under don’t worry, some people are just more blessed and look like they swallowed a basketball. If you gain more, its not the end of the world. Everyone carries differently. You all will be beautiful 🙂
- I would register for the following (again, these are just my opinions and what I have found helpful/lifesaver with my baby).
-Brestfriend (it’s like a boppy but way better. I use this to breastfeed and it clips around you and you are able to lay your baby across it so they can feed. Babies R us, Buy Buy Baby, etc carry it.)
-MamaRoo. Yes, its expensive but so worth it.
-Rock and Play by fisher price. This is what Layla slept in for the first 2 months until we moved her to her crib. She still will nap in it or lay in it while I shower which is so nice because it vibrates and puts her to sleep (BONUS). We also take it with us on all our trips it folds up and goes in the trunk super easy!
-Puj Tub and 4 moms bathtub are both great. I still use the PUJ TUB. It folds up and fits right into your sink which is so nice, especially when they are newborn and you can’t fully submerge them into water due to their umbilical cord and circumcision for the boys. Sponge baths are the way people go which I did but I would put baby in the Puj Tub. After her umbilical cord fell off (took 10 days since the new thing is NOT putting alcohol on it anymore)
-Motorola Baby Monitor and the Snooza are AMAZING. The Snooza is the little device that clips onto the diaper directly on top of belly button region and monitors baby breathing. It will sound off an alarm if baby isn’t breathing or picking up movement.
-There are plenty of more things you can register for and I could go on and on and on but these are a few things I definitely recommend because we all love and will love our babies but you CAN’T carry them 24/7.
-Medela Breast Pump is great. I have the free style hands free pump. Ask your doctor for a form to fill out so they can fax it over to your insurance. Your insurance will help pay for a portion of your pump, if not all. There are different tiers that your insurance will cover with optional upgrades available for purchase. We have BCBS of Texas insurance. I would take care of this around 36 weeks (if the doctor thinks you will deliver sooner, obviously take care of this before).
-Be sure and register at the hospital when you are around 27 weeks.
-Packing your bag for the hospital and doing it EARLY is smart. Some people do not carry a full 40 weeks so its better to be prepared.
-If you deliver vaginally and want an epidural, ASK FOR IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. I went through contractions for a full hour, 40 seconds apart from one another, and it was AWFUL. Just being honest. The CRNA was in a C-Section so when the DR broke my water, I was without an epidural. Once you are dilated to about an 8-9 they will NOT give you an epidural so do not push it unless you absolutely want to. Just keep this in mind 🙂
-I bought large panties from TARGET, nothing fancy, that way I could wear a large pad, seriously, it feels like you have a diaper on, but it was comfortable because you are sore. I did not tear but I did buy TUCKS and DERMAPLAST from walgreens. Both are amazing. The tucks are little cooling pads that come in about 50 that are good to put on top of your pad so they are against your bottom (for hemorrhoids) or vagina (if you tore, or just in general because you did just have a baby come through there). The Dermaplast helps with itching and pain. You just spray down there, but not internally, only externally. IT IS WONDERFUL.
-Bravado Nursing Bras are amazing. I bought two sportier looking ones and then two nice silk ones. The sportier looking ones I go walking in and wear to bed because trust me, you leak at night and you will wake up soaked and its NOT sweat, its MILK. I did sweat at night, not sure if it was hormones or what but you will leak, just keep that in mind. Also, you can buy nursing pads to put in your bras too, which help. I got the LANOLIN brand nursing pads and you can get them at HEB, TARGET, BABIES R US, BUY BUY BABY, ETC.
– LANSINOH heating and cooling gel pads are good to put on your breasts to help with the engorgement. They can either be frozen or you can place them in the microwave. Apply warm gel pads to breast 10-15 minutes before feeding then apply cold gel pads to breast 10-15 once you are done feeding. This will help prevent mastitis which is a clogged milk duct that becomes infected and inflamed which you have to take an antibiotic to rid of it. OUCH….
-When you get home from the hospital your boobs will be HUGE. Out of nowhere you wake up and they are BIG. It’s awesome but yet bittersweet. They hurt but you love how big they are, or I did at least. When you are feeding, for example, on the right breast, have your husband, yes your husband, massage out the knots on the right breast. This will help release the milk and prevent clogged ducts. I will be honest, IT HURTS LIKE A B**** when they massage you because duh, they can’t feel your pain, only you can. That is why they need to do it.
-I feed baby every 3 hours. We start about 8am and then every 3 hours after that. His last feeding is at 11pm and then we put him down for the night. I do NOT wake him to eat. Yes, I guess I am a rebel but you will never sleep if you wake them. He eats at 11, then wakes me up around 3/3:30, i feed him, change him, put him back down, and he wakes me again around 7:30am and we start the day all over again. You can wake your baby every three hours at night if you like but I do not. Again, do what works best for YOU AND BABY, I am just telling you what works for me. There is no wrong way as long as it works for YOU.
– I started pumping around week 2 or 3, can’t remember, but I pump after he eats at 8am. You do still have milk after they eat, trust me, they do not just magically empty it. I then freeze what I pump because its good for up to 6 months. Make sure you put the amount and date on the bag. I use Koozie breast milk bags to pump into so much better than Medela.
-Lanolin nipple cream is wonderful, I would invest. Apply it directly to nipples after each feeding, IF they are sore, its to help sore dry cracked nipples.
-Some babies are very GASSY so our lifesaver is LITTLE REMEDIES GAS DROPS from Babies R Us. PLEASE GET THESE. You may eat something that will upset their stomach like no other. Don’t be scared to eat though, its a trial and error kind of thing( Just a few things I would avoid: Spicy foods, Garlic, Peanuts, Broccoli, Red Onions, Chocolate). Just make sure you have the gas drops within reach to be safe. I give him the gas drops before each feed, per our Pediatrician. Sometimes I will give them after if he is fussy.
-We bathe baby every other day, everyone is different I just like how they smell afterwards
Just remember every day is a new day and what worked yesterday might not work today. You will get frustrated, cry, laugh and go through just about every emotion imaginable. But in the end you know what’s best for your baby, do what feels right to you and makes you feel most comfortable. Also please take these words as advice for you to make the best decision for you and your baby. This is just a little tid bit of what worked for me.