Do what you like with these nuggets of wisdom (?) from women at my school. I did not come up with them, I merely pass them on:
Stay at home 40 days for YOU to recover, you will have more energy after that than if you push yourself to get up and about right after birth.
Keep the baby with you and on you for at least a month after birth. Baby spent 40 weeks connected to you and doesn't want/need to be put down now.
Do not take baby anywhere there are fluorescent lights as the buzzing will mess with baby's nervous system.
I know there are more, I cannot think of them now. The one mom who gave me the last two pearls of wisdom really did spend an entire month in her house wearing her baby. I think I would go absolutely stir crazy, but we'll see. After that month she recommends brisk walking with the stroller. Since it will be cool mid-October here and we've had a blizzard on Halloween before, I don't know about the feasibility of that!
Everyone at school says to me that they do NOT want to see me at school within a month of birth, if not longer. Pity, I was hoping to come to the Michaelmas Festival, but if I do, no one will be happy to see us!
Guess I don't need to be exposing Sprout to all of those germy kids then anyway.