As I've been told and read, the only truly important things a new mother needs to do is rest and sleep when the baby does, eat and drink well, and take care of you and your babies' needs. Housework and juggling daily activities can all wait until you are feeling better. I hope I can follow the advice. Here is my postpartum list that I am working on, I know I am repeating what PP stated.
I look forward to what other posters recommend, I've already written down what PP have recommended.Physical Items
~ comfrey or witch hazel (frozen) compresses or honey for perineum (tears)
~ sitzbath herbs
~ arnica tablets for abrasions, bruising and muscle soreness
~ for afterpains: a bottle of Afterease tincture or homeopathic magnesium
~ Depends (so that I can save my underwear the first days pp) and extra-large menstrual pads
~ nursing pillow
~ washable or disposable nursing pads
~ some lanolin or other product to soothe sore nipples
~ nursing bras
~ nursing nightgown or comfy pajama's (button top for ease of nursing)My Nursing Spot
I plan to prepare a place to feed the baby (rocking chair by the window) with a small CD player, books, sports-bottle for water, snacks and my nursing basket (lanolin, nursing pads, chapstick, hair tie, burp cloths) on a nearby table.
~ Some good postpartum books that I bought: After the Baby's Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women by Robin Lim AND The Year after Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby's First Year by Sheila Kitzinger AND A Nursing Mother's Guide to BreastfeedingMy two favorite postpartum traditions that my friends and I have provided for each other
1. Set-up a Meal Tree
that involves family and friends who will bring meals after the baby is born. Have a good friend set it up for you by informing participants of any food allergies/preferences, inform what are breastfeeding friendly foods/meals and create the list. When babe is born, she calls everyone on the list to let them know. Then that same friend will bring a meal the following day and then each friend on the list brings a meal on consecutive days. Beyond being a Life Saver, this helps control how many visitors you receive and will also create a special time for that person to meet the new babe. My friends and I always provided a main course, salad and dessert. As well as, making our meals in double portions so that there were leftover's for the following days lunch or could be frozen, thus extending the time of when the new parents needed to take on the cooking.
2. Create a "Thank You for Your Offer to Help List". Make a list of things we need help with, so when a family member/friends comes over to visit and then asks what they can help with, you can refer them to the list (I'm posting ours on the fridge) and they can choose what they want to do to help from that list.
One of my favorite postpartum websites (so far) and this great article called "The Postpartum Plan: An Outline for New Parents" at http://www.expectantmothersguide.com...artum-plan.htm