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post #21 of 29
I've had May and June babies...my experience is that it's way way harder to stay cooped up in home with them, but worth it. At 10 days I took my dd out to a mother's day brunch and she was so "good" and slept for like 4 hours and later I got a breast infection probably b/c she didn't nurse for so long and I was exhausted. My June baby was the last one, and I felt really wiped out by his birth but it was so beautiful out and my husband kept encouraging me to go outside with him. I did and felt so vulnerable and it was too bright for him and my dh had music on too loud. I went back inside and woke up the next day with a breast infection.

My best pp recovery was with my third, when I stayed literally in bed in my room for 3 weeks reading, nursing, writing, resting, eating...and took it as an opportunity much earned! I also felt like the bonding with him was really different. I'm grateful for a husband that made that possible.
post #22 of 29
Baby will do fine being out it really is how you feel- as so many have said. It is easy to over do without realizing and probably better for babe and mom to have one of those lovely 3 week long babymoons where you never have to leave bed, food is delivered and laundry, dishes, and older children are magically cared for but aw YA RIGHT - at my house life seems to continue with all of it craziness!

I always was out and about within a week (even with great husband and support)and will be again. Yah for baby wearing with which, I feel, you can go anywhere and do almost anything and you don't worry about people touching your baby or germs or whatnot.

My goal with this babe is to leave the carseat in the car. I was pretty good w/ my first two about wearing them instead of lugging the carseat when they were awake but it's the temptation when they are asleep and that seat just pops right out- BUT it's so heavy and then they wake up, and then you are holding babe and carrying empty seat, etc,etc.
So this time I'm tempted to scrape the infant carrier and go straight to the infant/toddler combo seat.
post #23 of 29
For my first, I took him out to a family reunion picnic 6 days postpartum (this was in August in NJ, hot and HUMID). I was feeling great other than my milk not having come it yet, but staying home wasn't going to change that. I really wanted to see all my relatives under happy circumstances because the only times we had all gotten together in the past 8 years or so had been for funerals. Not even for weddings were people able to all make it, go figure.

I think that you probably have enough common sense to play it by ear. Just because we are new mothers does not mean we are brainless (just very tired). Obviously you wouldn't want to take your baby into a germ infested area, or around people who won't listen when you ask them not to touch the baby. Neither would you take the baby out into dangerous weather conditions. But considering that AC is a relatively new thing and our grandparents survived and raised babies without it I don't think warm weather or even humidity is a reason to stay confined with a newborn. You will probably be more uncomfortable than the baby. Just use the intelligence and common sense God gave you, and be prepared for nosey people telling you that you are doing it all wrong.
post #24 of 29
I really want to take time to enjoy my baby moon, but I will also have a 2 year old. So I'm making myself the rule that if a trip requires both a car ride and for me to wear a bra, then I'm not going on it. So mostly walking distance or things like LLL/playgroups with understanding moms.
post #25 of 29
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I think that you probably have enough common sense to play it by ear. Just because we are new mothers does not mean we are brainless (just very tired). Obviously you wouldn't want to take your baby into a germ infested area, or around people who won't listen when you ask them not to touch the baby. Neither would you take the baby out into dangerous weather conditions. But considering that AC is a relatively new thing and our grandparents survived and raised babies without it I don't think warm weather or even humidity is a reason to stay confined with a newborn. .

Thanks (everyone). I've found it funny that the people who warn me that I shouldn't leave my yard except to go to the doctor until my maternity leave is basically over tend to be the same people who expect me to host a house full of people and play "pass the baby." Hello! I'm pretty sure the baby will be exposed to many more germs in my own house, between visitors and his sister, who goes to camp and plays in dirt and will continue to have a life during his neonatal period, than he would walking through a farmers market even in a stroller, let alone a carrier.
post #26 of 29
I definitely think it depends on a lot of factors.

My experience with getting out of the house with DD1 was at 1 week postpartum where I ended up having blood gushing down my legs while going for a relaxed stroll down our country road.

with DD2 I wasn't so "bleedy". I went for walks, and this was in the summer, and used a wrap carrier. But when I actually went out one day to a mall (and she was in the wrap carrier) she actually got a fever afterwards.. and that was at 6 weeks.

It's tricky, I think. But we all need to make our own decisions on what's right for us. As a general rule, I think staying home for at least a week is probably a good idea.

Hopefully our births won't be traumatic and we will heal up quickly.
post #27 of 29
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I definitely think it depends on a lot of factors.

My experience with getting out of the house with DD1 was at 1 week postpartum where I ended up having blood gushing down my legs while going for a relaxed stroll down our country road.

with DD2 I wasn't so "bleedy". I went for walks, and this was in the summer, and used a wrap carrier. But when I actually went out one day to a mall (and she was in the wrap carrier) she actually got a fever afterwards.. and that was at 6 weeks.

It's tricky, I think. But we all need to make our own decisions on what's right for us. As a general rule, I think staying home for at least a week is probably a good idea.

Hopefully our births won't be traumatic and we will heal up quickly.
Actually this reminds me that after dd1's birth if I was out of bed for too long, I got dizzy and fainty and gushy. There's a reason they recommend laying in for 10 days. For awhile my big excursion was sitting out on the patio for a few minutes.

There's nothing to prove - you don't have to get out there sooner rather than later if you are feeling weak or tired.

ITA we have to listen to our bodies.
post #28 of 29
DD will be 2y8mo when this one arrives, and I fear for our lives if I don't get her out on a regular basis. Our park is a 1.5mi walk away so hopefully by at least 2-3wks pp I'll be able to make the trek. Once there I can sit down and my friends will make sure DD doesn't get into too much trouble. I'm getting a Kangaroo Korner mesh pouch for wearing #2.
post #29 of 29
I'm looking forward to sitting out on my patio with the babe, but I hope I won't feel compelled to get out and about too early. I bled a lot and tore pretty bad with my first, so I had to take it slow, but it was November and she was my first. Luckily, dd1 will be in preschool four mornings per week by July, so she'll get her social needs fulfilled even if I don't feel like getting out.
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