What can you do during pregnancy to prepare for the first weeks and months after you’ve given birth? How can you build your own support team to get through the challenging period of brand spanking new motherhood? What might a roadmap to recovery look like?
The sound of your baby crying? It’s intense. And when it’s your first child, chances are instinct has you scrambling to get to your kiddo immediately and take care of whatever it is that ails them. But you’re not just responsible for taking care of your new baby. You’re also responsible for taking care of you, too.
Even if you planned every moment down to the last second, there is always an element of unpredictability that can come into play: life happens. How can we embrace these unexpected curves, breathe, be patient and see what comes next?
Is it really best to swoop in every time our kiddos face a challenging situation? Or are we missing an opportunity to teach them patience? How taking a beat rather than coming to the rescue can be the right response.