“Nothing in this world could have prepared me for postpartum life. There are thousands of books, articles, and classes that try to prepare you, but experiencing it is the only way to truly know. I remember thinking SO many times, ‘WHY didn’t someone tell me about THIS?!’ The truth is, you’re sometimes better off finding out about some things as they happen, so that you aren’t anxious about every little detail. However, I have found that having a great “post-partum attitude” really helped me when we were pregnant with my second child.
While pregnant with our first, I worried about absolutely everything. When it came time that my water broke, I was in sheer panic. How was I going to give BIRTH right now? I really questioned my ability and 18 hours of labor and 4.5 hours of pushing later, our first baby was born. I thought that part was difficult, but the healing aspect of birth was almost equivalent. For our second baby, I knew I had to have a different attitude going into it. I was much more relaxed and I planned less. I wanted to go with the flow for this birth. I wanted to listen to what my baby was telling me. This birth was so much shorter and a breeze compared to the first. Birth is hard no matter what, but your attitude will change everything. My post-partum experience was amazing. I was able to enjoy our baby and really indulge in the moments that mattered most, like her first smile and her first giggle.
Your attitude is everything. Mentally preparing yourself for the birth and the post-partum period is important. Make sure you have a support system in place for once your baby arrives, so that you can take time for yourself. Take a warm bubble bath, take a long nap uninterrupted, or just go for a long walk to clear your mind. You need to take time for YOU. Having a baby is the most selfless thing a woman can do, but make sure that you never forget to take care of yourself as well. You will be a better mother because of it. I promise you.
There are a few things that I have used during the post-partum period that really helped me gain my confidence back. My BLANQI leggings are one of these. These leggings are by far, the most comfortable, most flattering pants you can wear after having a baby. Their high waist band makes sure to pull everything back in and I love that the material compresses you in all the right places. I wear them pretty much every day (if you peek at my IG, you will see them… A LOT, but SHHH, don’t tell anyone).
Being a busy working mom as a Physician Assistant in the ER, it’s important to have a pair of leggings that are easy to throw on and look presentable when I am at home with the kids. As far as the work/life balance? There is no secret to balancing life at home with the kids and also working outside of the home in a demanding job. The secret is to handle one day at a time and always have a positive attitude. Your attitude changes everything. For me, getting out and going to work gives me significant self-worth and a chance for me to put all those college years to good use. I really enjoy my job and I really love being able to help heal people. So at the end of the day, do what works for you and your family. You will get into the swing of things and it will be glorious.”
Lynzy is a mother of two and the author behind the blog Sparkling Footseps, “… a little place on the inter webs that focuses on motherhood. Everything from personal style and the latest in kids fashion to breastfeeding tips.” Be sure to stop by her blog to read more about her life as a working mama trying to juggle it all!