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May 23rd, 2013, 11:46 AM
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If you are not still taking a multivitamin with iron in it, I would highly suggest it. The birthing process is natural, but it's really hard on your body and there's a good chance you may run anemic with the post partum bleeding. Dark leafy greens, red meat and other natural sources of iron are probably a good idea as well.
Definitely nap when the baby does if you can. Also, I know you probably haven't been cleared for exercise, but make sure you're getting out of the house and in the sun so your body can get some of that vitamin D. Maybe take a short walk around the block? Even just a casual walk will help you to sleep better when you lie down.
If your SO is willing, have him watch the baby in another room while you nap. If you do that TURN the baby monitor off. I had a really hard time sleeping with it on, because I was constantly waking up to every little noise.
it will get better. Unfortunately, part of the exhaustion is just your body trying to recover from the birth process. It takes about 6-8 weeks for your body to go back to functioning as it did before you were pregnant. That includes blood loss recovery, hormones leveling out, physical healing, etc...
I forgot to mention that I know you want to clean when the baby sleeps, but it's okay to do the bare minimum and ask your SO to pick up the slack here and there. The cleaning will still be there when you're feeling less exhausted and it really is important for you emotional and mental well being to sleep when you can.
I tried to do all the housework with my first baby and ran myself ragged. I remember just sitting in the corner of the room crying from exhaustion and my husband said "You know I still live here, right? I can help out so you can sleep some." Sometimes we forget that we don't have to do everything all the time. This is one of those times to remember that others are capable of helping too.
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