This week I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you about the importance of creating a postnatal plan. This is something that will help support you in your fourth trimester.
What is the fourth trimester?
The fourth trimester is the 12-week period immediately after you have had your baby. Not everyone has heard of it, but every mother and their newborn baby will go through it.
Quite often this time is not thought about or considered until AFTER the baby arrives and this can sometimes be problematic.
The reason that this can become a challenge is because, like all things we fail to prepare for, trying to put things in place whilst in the midst of it all is pretty much impossible!
I say this to you because, my friend, I’ve been there.
After you have given birth, your energy and focus is completely taken up by your newborn.
It is a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to being outside the womb, and you adjust to your new life as a mother and new/expanded family unit.
There is no scope to do the washing up, put the hoover round, pop to the shops, and make the dinner because, quite simply you won’t have the energy to. And why should you?
You have literally just given birth, which is the equivalent of running a marathon. You will be emotionally and physically drained.
The idea of bouncing back within a few days of birth is a myth.
Mothering the mother should in fact be the focus for you as you embark on those first few days and months of motherhood.
So…. I invite you to think about:
- Who is in your support network?
- Who can come in and cook a meal for you or even better, batch cook some food for you to have for later?
- Who do you NOT want to see whilst you are at your most vulnerable, because let’s face it, some people (as lovely as they are) just take without giving anything back.
You need to feel fully supported during this time, so well wishers who just want to cuddle baby need to be avoided at the beginning.
Preparation is key!!
Preparing for this vital time in your life goes beyond getting ready for the birth itself. I am a strong advocate of going a bit further and preparing for your fourth trimester too.
Thankfully, I have something for you that will help get you thinking about the things you need.
I have created a 10 minute audio training session just for you. In this training session I will get you to begin thinking about:
- What food you might need
- Who to have around you and when
- What jobs might need doing
- Who might need to stay away
- How you’ll maintain a good relationship with your partner
If you haven’t done so already, you can download the audio by clicking here.
I want you to be in the best possible place, mentally, emotionally and physically for your pregnancy, birth and beyond!
Go to my courses page to check when the next Hypnobirthing courses are and to register your spot.