Postpartum update // week 1

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It’s been a little over a week since we welcomed our sweet Meadow. I’ve been trying my hardest to soak up all the newborn snuggles and sounds before my husband returns to work and life gets crazy. This last week has been so wonderful and rough all at the same time. I’m loving life with 3 babies, but still struggling a bit to keep up with everyday life postpartum.

Postpartum Week 1

Physical

Recovering physically takes time. This has been a hard adjustment for me because of my two other children. While my husband is doing so much to help, they still need me. Lying around on the couch all day is not an option so I try to find as much time as possible to rest. Even though I did not have a c-section, lifting them can be uncomfortable. I’ve also been more uncomfortable than I remember after my other two births so I’ve had to take the pain medication longer than expected. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good and just trying to relax when I can.

Breastfeeding

Third time is a charm. Meadow caught on very quickly after birth and has been going strong ever since. My milk came in on day 3 and I was very engorged and uncomfortable for about 3 days afterward. I finally feel like things are evening out and I’m feeling good! The first several days were painful every time she latched. I was sure to apply lanolin after every feeding. The pain is now gone and it was all worth it!

While this time around was easy, I really struggled with Jack. I didn’t realize he wasn’t eating until one evening he was extremely fussy and we couldn’t soothe him. We met with the lactation consultant the next day and I had to start pumping immediately. I also had to hand express into a spoon then use a dropper to measure the amount of milk I was feeding him. Luckily I caught it soon enough that my body was still able to produce milk, but it took some work. I highly recommend taking advantage of the lactation consultant at your hospital if you want to breastfeed. Without her, I would not have been successful with Jack.

Postpartum week 1 Birdie and Jack Love

Baby stuff I’m loving this week.

How is baby

Meadow was 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth and dropped to 7 pounds 14 ounces. This weight loss is very common for breastfed babies. She is now over her birth weight at 8 pounds 4 ounces! She spends most of the day sleeping and most of the night eating. I’m not getting any sleep, but she seems very well rested. Ha!

Postpartum Week 1

Postpartum Belly

I started wearing a Belly Bandit on day 4. It uses compression to help shink and support the belly, waist, and hips. I immediately noticed that I felt supported and I didn’t have to take any pain medication that day. This is why I have made it a point to wear it every day.

It also helps me feel more confident in my clothes. I’m still wearing maternity jeans, but my belly was showing under my tops. That is totally fine, but I feel supported and more comfortable when I have a band on. It’s almost like I’m back to my old self!

*Updated – I am shocked by how well the Belly Bandit has worked! I am so glad I started wearing it. It has only been a little over a week and I couldn’t believe how my stomach looked last night! I highly recommend it!

Life with 3

I’ll be honest and tell you that it’s a little crazy. Both of the kids are so excited about their little sister. A little too excited. I’m constantly watching to be sure no one is trying to pick her up or “pat” her on the head. I also get to see them give sissy lots of hugs and kisses. It’s the sweetest thing ever!

While both kiddos are happy Meadow is here, they have been acting out a bit. They are constantly fighting, so that’s fun. I’ve been trying my best to be patient and remember that they are still adjusting to this big change in the family dynamic.

Prepping for week 1

If you are prepping for week 1, grab yourself some comfortable, nursing friendly clothes. I’ve been living in sweats and soft pajama sets. Be sure to check out my favorite nursing bras here.

Time to lounge, mama.

The softest, most comfy jammies!

Now, for the not so fun part. Many women deal with postpartum constipation. Have prune juice on hand and be sure to drink lots of water (also a must for breastfeeding moms). Also, find yourself good pads that don’t irritate your skin since you will be wearing them for so long. I had a horrible experience when I was recovering from having Jack. So far, I have loved these. They are free of toxic ingredients that are found in most pads.

Postpartum life definitely isn’t glamorous, but that little baby is oh so worth it! Let me know if you have any questions about the postpartum phase!

Postpartum Week 1 Update

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6 Comments

  1. Annie
    November 29, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Thank you for sharing! I am 30 weeks along with #2 and feel like I’ve forgotten so much about that first week post partum, even though it wasn’t long ago. Definitely getting a belly bandit this time around. Congratulations to you and your family!

    • November 29, 2017 / 11:11 am

      I was the exact same way! I totally forgot! I’m so glad I actually wore it this time around. I really have seen a huge difference. Thank you so much! Thank you for reading!

  2. December 10, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I’m less than 2 weeks away from my due date with my first, so I love getting insight from other mommas!

    • December 11, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Congrats!! That’s so exciting. I hope you found it helpful! Thank you for reading!

  3. Liv
    December 15, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Hi! I came across your profile on IG. Your family is beautiful. Thank you for sharing you’re postpartum experience with us. I am 24 weeks and still have a ways to go. I am very anxious with childbirth and what happens afterwards. What did you do when your milk didn’t come right away? Did you have to use a formula? Did you stay in the hospital until your milk comes? Also, did you take any probiotic pills while pregnant? My acupuncture said it’ll be good for me and baby but my OB is not familiar with it so she couldn’t recommend me to take it.

    Thanks so much!

    • December 15, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Hi Liv, Thank you so much! Also, thank you for following along and checking out the blog. Congrats! First off, it’s totally normal to be nervous. Just remember that your body was made to do this! Keep telling yourself that! So many women have come before you and done this. You can too.

      As far as milk, I immediately got with the lactation specialist at the hospital when Jack got super fussy one night. Poor guy was hungry! Without going into too much detail, she said he wasn’t getting colostrum because I needed a nipple shield. Email me at contact@birdieanadjack.com if you want to know more about that! Then, I had to pump, pump, pump! This encouraged my milk to come in since Jack hadn’t really been getting anything. We were still in the hospital because Jack was on antibiotics when he was born. I would recommend meeting with the lactation specialist while at the hospital and making a follow-up appointment since you are a first-time mom. Take advantage of that resource and ask questions! Also, we did not have to use formula. This time around, we were discharged and my milk came in at home.

      My prenatal had probiotics in it! I was more than comfortable taking it!

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