Postpartum what to expect and how to prepare for it

Suddenly, it seems, the mornings are brighter, the evenings are lighter and you see your home almost differently. Those winter months made even the cheeriest rooms look like they had a blanket over them, and night-time glows gently shadowed your décor and furniture.

But now is the time to draw the curtains, open the windows and let all that healthy natural light bathe you with an invigorating lust for life.

Of course, there is a downside.

It’s time to get that big clean started.

We all know that the ideal clean up involves, dancing brooms, animated vacuums and Disney Blue Birds tweeting around your shoulders while you dance and skip around each room adding a little extra sparkle here and there… oh, if it were only true!

Having little ones around adds an extra strain on the cleanse, but can you blame them? If you’re not having fun, it’s highly likely that they aren’t either.

So how are we gonna make this happen and keep the kids onside?

First and foremost, don’t try and do it all in one day if it takes a week that’s fine it’s not a race and make sure you involve the kids too. Put on their favorite music, turn it up loud and make it into a game.

Show them the shelves, drawers and boxes in their bedrooms / playrooms where certain items need to go then reward them with little treats for getting things done well. Even though they are bound to make mistakes it will keep them out of your hair, and they will feel ever so “growed-up”.

Obviously, you’ll be doing all the proper “grown-up” chores, and this is a great time to declutter all those “bits and bobs” that really don’t do very much for your life except gather dust. Take a tip from Marie Kondo and if an object doesn’t bring you joy or make your heart sing, get it gone! You’ll be amazed how satisfying it is with the bonus of less to dust and polish.

Right about now you may be thinking this is all well and good if I only had a toddler around but I’m still coping with a new baby to tend to and parts of me are just not feeling 100 per cent.

Totally understandable.

As I said before, it’s not a race work around baby’s sleep schedule or you have some “hands-on” help from your partner or grandparents.

If you are suffering from postpartum perineal soreness, pelvic aches or haemorrhoids make sure you have some Gentlepak in the freezer. Comfortable, discreet and long lasting. Take one “pak” which fits neatly into your underwear and within minutes you’ll experience immediate relief which will be so long lasting you’ll be able to cope with whatever the day brings.

We can’t promise you Disney Blue Birds, but they will put the Spring back into your step.