Observations of what’s hot and what’s not from the haze of the post partum bliss.
1. Disposable knickers and socks with grips are the fashion accessory du jour.
Paired together with dark circles, bedhead and your butt hanging out of your hospital gown, it’s what all the cool kids are wearing. I know what I’m stashing in my bag home 😉
2. Rocking the halls looking like you are somewhere between 5 and 8 months pregnant when really you’ve just had a baby. Ace.
3. Rejoicing the return of tastebuds post partum just in time to savor hospital food. Boiled potatoes, boiled chicken, boiled veggies…Did I say yummo?
4. Forget Push Presents created specifically for the mama who pushed baby out, Partner Presents are also making a surge for those awesome labor partners who not only go through 9 months wedded to a sometimes hormonal cow, then helping us through labor but then muster up the energy to dash out and get ‘real’ food for the new mama no matter what hour of the morning she gets settled into the hospital. On a side note, the lesser revered Putz Present is awarded to the partner who is more concerned with how he did in labor than the mama’s well being.
5. Baby powder is no longer recommended. Studies have shown that babies inhale the powder and get pneumonia. (true story from a nurse)
6. Breathing and meditation are underrated. Apparently you have no “pain management plan” unless it involves drugs. And if self-hypnosis and breathing are your main plan then clearly you haven’t thought it through.
7. Cuddles and kisses are still very much in.
8. Kankles. Guess what? You may not have even had them during pregnancy but after birth they are so in. Bonus: this is an easy couple of pounds you can easily lose just by listening to your doctor and putting your feet up when your not busy being a mama.
9. Though post partum mamas may feel like they have just rode in the Tour de France, childcare is not just like riding a bike – not everything comes back to you the second time around. Nurses are the top dog for reacquainting veteran mamas to all things newborn from breastfeeding to diapering. Being nice to nurses is always good.