Postpartum what to expect and how to prepare for it

How to have a baby 101: After 45 minutes (adjust up or down according to preference) of breath-taking love making you’re good to go. For the next twelve weeks you have the occasional slightly queasy feeling, but everybody tells you that you are positively glowing. The following twelve weeks you notice your body changing but you welcome the changes and even though you are just a tad more tired you stroll along with a spring in your step. The final trimester is an absolute delight. He can’t do enough for you, the only food cravings you have are prime rib and Key Lime pie, the baby shower is a blast and then, exactly on due date, you’re at the mall with your guy and your waters break. Only a couple of blocks to the hospital, within moments you are in the delivery room. You endure a mildly uncomfortable 20-minute labour then out pops junior to a chorus of angels singing “Joy to the World”.

The above is the fantasy that maybe one in a million will ever experience the reality is a little less Hallmark.

You’ve just had the first of many morning coffees when suddenly you’re on a collision course to the restroom. With the realisation that coffee tastes way better going down and a calculation that you are three weeks late, all it takes is a quick test to confirm what you already knew was happening.

You really don’t need me to tell you that for the next eight months your body is going to go through changes that you have never experienced, not forgetting that your hormones will give you the emotional equivalent of the world’s most extreme roller coaster, with the highs being ecstatic and the lows being…well… “erm”… low.

There is no point in sugar coating it, but with a little bit of research and a whole lot of common sense you can help make your pregnancy as painless as possible.

You will no doubt experience lower back pain, don’t be tempted to massage this area because this area is a source of nerve endings and supply of blood to the uterus and ovaries, do however get your partner to concentrate on your butt area which will reduce the pressure. Also try and sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs which will alleviate even more pressure.

Spend as much time as you can in water not only will it give you a feeling of weightlessness but there’s the bonus of always feeling “squeaky” clean.

Most moms-to-be believe that pregnancy is a golden ticket to eat as much of whatever and whenever they like. If you follow the logic every pound you gain, over and above that recommended by your health professional, will add to the pressure on your body notwithstanding that it will be more weight you will have to lose after the birth.

Try and follow a sensible diet. Avoid cows’ milk, fatty meats, pork and concentrated fruit juices. However, bananas, natural oats and brown rice should keep your digestive system in shape. Grapefruit is a great help in combating nausea in early pregnancy and improves your appetite and reduces indigestion.

Unfortunately, one of the side-effects in the latter stages of pregnancy can be haemorrhoids which are both painful and extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a very easy and effective pain relief that need never be further away than your freezer cabinet. Gentlepak, is designed to fit comfortably inside your underwear, is soft and pleasant to the touch due to its luxurious terry cover and is proven to offer longer lasting pain relief than any other similar products. Just checkout the testimonials.

Finally, it may seem obvious but try and avoid stress. That includes the stress that you can inflict on yourself. You will receive the best possible medical advice, (they really do know what they are talking about), your body knows what it is doing. And the other little body inside you will let you know when it is ready, so try and enjoy this magical journey.

The above information is not exhaustive and your own research may find even more ways to minimise any pains or discomfort, but never lose sight that you are going to be responsible for creating one more of life’s little miracles and that makes you very special indeed.