Biblical postpartum planning has been my biggest goal this month as I prepare to give birth in a few weeks. As a first time mama, I’ve received so much good advice from women with years of experience. For my additional first time moms out there: let me share what I’m learning with you!
So many thoughts and emotions come to mind when I think about the last 9 months. If you’re pregnant like me then I’m sure you can relate. First, there’s the thrill of finding out you’re going to have a baby! Then, excitement turns to anxiousness as you prepare to tell your husband the good news. As the months go on, your visions, plans and ideas for this new adventure continue to grow. Then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, the third trimester hits.
Along with the third trimester comes nesting mode, anxious anticipation for labor, plus all the usual aches and pains. Maybe you’re batch cooking to make sure meals are stocked. Or, maybe you’re ferociously cleaning to get the house all set. If you like to have everything in order like me then you’re trying to do both!
It can be so easy to get caught up in the fear, anxiousness and newness of it all. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by so many wonderful mothers who have graciously given me advice. Trust me, I need all of the help I can get!
I’ve taken bits and pieces of advice from these special ladies to do some of my own Biblical postpartum planning. While you can never fully “plan” for something so unknown, you can take steps to do all you can to set yourself up for the best experience possible. My hope is that, like me, you will feel a bit more at peace with some simple postpartum planning.
Why Do Simple Postpartum Planning?
You may be thinking, “why should I even plan for postpartum if I’ve never experienced it before?” Honestly, a better question to ask may be “why wouldn’t I plan for such a big life change?” While we can’t plan for all that will happen to us, we can prepare the environment in which we will be experiencing all of these new things.
There’s also wisdom in putting the advice from other moms into action. Personally, I’d like to glean all the knowledge I can and then be able to implement what I’ve learned into my own experience. Each person is different and will go through postpartum differently. Yet in the same breath, there seems to be universal pieces of advice that I’ve picked up from many experienced mothers.
Do some Biblical postpartum planning now to set yourself up for success after baby comes. There’s so much you can’t control, but there are a few small things you can do to prepare. Don’t let the overwhelm of the unknown to come keep you from taking steps of action and trusting in the Lord today.
5 Simple Postpartum Planning Ideas
Host a cleaning day– This is something I did recently with my mom, sister, and sister in law. It felt weird to initiate, but what a blessing it was! Preparing a fresh, clean environment for both you and baby will help to keep you calm and at peace. Plus, you won’t be worried about needing to deep clean for a while because it’s already been done!
Batch cook freezer meals– Who’s going to want to think about cooking while also learning how to breastfeed and care for a baby 24/7? Not me! Cooking large batches of food to freeze for later will help. Whenever you need a fresh meal you can have your husband or a family member/friend simply thaw it for you. Click here for some healthy and delicious soup recipes that are great to freeze!
Prepare postpartum snacks– I’ve been learning that having snacks on hand for breastfeeding and postpartum in general is super handy. Again, cook/bake these things ahead of time in order to freeze them to grab anytime! I’m excited to try out these Lactation Cookies.
Buy postpartum care items ahead of time– Waiting until the last minute to do anything is never a good idea. I’m definitely guilty of this. Since I wanted my postpartum experience to be different, I went ahead and bought everything I need ahead of time. Whenever baby does come, I don’t want to feel like I don’t have what I need in order to take care of myself. And, neither do you! Buy the post natal vitamins and postpartum care items now!
Set up a postpartum station– Caring for your body is always important, but even more so after giving birth. Set up a little bedside table near where you’ll be caring for baby with all of the postpartum essentials. According to other moms, this includes items like adult diapers, disposable underwear, nipple cream, ice pads, etc.
Get Ahead Of The Game
In my opinion, part of what causes stress is procrastinating. Don’t wait until the very last minute to try to cram all of these tasks in. Each one of these simple postpartum planning tips can be done over time so that you don’t reach the end of your pregnancy feeling overwhelmed.
For example, you can start cooking extra large meals for your family months in advance and then freeze the leftovers. You can also begin ordering postpartum care items ahead of time so that you don’t feel like it’s a huge expense all at once. Put some of those items on your baby registry too! Amazon is a great place to register through because you get a discount on any item you didn’t receive that’s on your registry.
Breathe, Trust and Surrender
Breathe, mama. I know this new season of life you’re about to step into feels intimidating. Becoming a mom feels so exciting but also scary. Over and over again I’ve had to surrender this baby and any birth/postpartum experience to the Lord. Invest in this baby by taking time to do some Biblical postpartum planning before they arrive.
Meditating on Bible verses has been so helpful and I know that will be helpful throughout postpartum as well. The Daily Grace Co. has this Encouragement For Postpartum Bible Verse Card Set. As someone who’s about to step into motherhood with you, my encouragement is to keep meditating on what God’s word says and surrender every aspect of the labor, birth and newborn stage to Him. He is with you. His grace has given you all that you need. He has designed you to be a mother.
Let me know in the comments when your baby is coming! Share with me any advice you’ve also learned and what you’re doing to prepare for postpartum. Blessings to you! If you found this post helpful, I’d love it if you shared it on Pinterest.