I definitely second the advice above, of getting some good friends to help if your family cannot come visit after baby arrives.
And do outings a little at a time. My first outing with my first born was with a friend to go to lunch and I was SO glad she was there because I hadn't practiced using the bathroom while holding the baby. I must not have had a good carrier at the time, can't remember.
Anyway, a few friends who can bring a meal, start a load of laundry, wash some dishes... whatever, can be a big help and also really brighten your day when it starts to feel like all you do is feed the baby and clean his/her tiny little bottom.
LLL groups can be a great place to meet moms (and moms with babies of different ages, so they'll be capable of helping you out and not recovering from their own birth at the same time as you). And many times, once you meet a couple moms at one place, they'll have the scoop on other get togethers that are happening nearby also.
Even though I do have family nearby, they really aren't at my house helping out. My mom helped out for a couple of days but she had to be back at work after that. We occasionally have my parents babysit but that's pretty rare. There are several families I know who do a babysitting co-op. So family 1 watches all the kids while couple 2 goes on a date, and then next week family 2 watches all the kids while couple 1 goes on a date.