# 32 The reality of the postpartum experience with Lara from generation.mom

CONNECT WITH LARA

INSTAGRAM PERSONAL

INSTAGRAM PODCAST

WEBSITE

MUST HAVE LIST (FOR MAMA)

NURSING BRAS

THE WONDER WEEKS – BOOK 

BABY 101- BOOK

HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK- BOOK

THE WONDER WEEKS- APP 

BABY CONNECT -APP

LITTLE NUGET- APP

BABY SUSHER -APP

TAKING CARA BABIES SLEEP PROGRAM –ONLINE SUPPORT

NATALIE FITZGERALD SLEEP COACH –INSTAGRAM 

HELP SUPPORT MILK SUPPLY

MOTHER’S MILK TEA

FENUGREEK SUPPLEMENTS 

SUNFLOWER LECITHIN

LARGE WATER BOTTLE WITH STRAW

LACTATION COOKIES– OR FIND A GOOD RECIPE!

HEALING AFTER BIRTH

(I made baskets that hid these items in one upstairs bathroom and one downstairs bathroom, you can take home a lot of these items from the hospital, but you’ll probably run out!):

HYDROCORTISONE CREAM

PARENTAL BOTTLES – you’ll need to squirt water on yourself bc you can’t wipe for a couple of weeks, I know weird.

PADS  (overnight and day time)

COLACE  (take this for a couple of weeks…they’ll start you off in the hospital)

TUKS PADS (even if you don’t have hemorrhoids these are super calming for the pain afterward)

MOTHER LOVE NIPPLE CREAM

LANSIOH NIPPLE PADS (keep in fridge)

Renata Cameron Milestone Mommy & Me: @mommyandme.therapist

Dr. Christine Sterling: She has prepared for the motherhood course (which is the only preparation course I’d recommend besides a breastfeeding course). I think she is working on an online one but may also have one in San Diego in person. Find her on Insta @drsterlingobgyn and www.thesterlinglife.com

 

Generation.Mom Podcast (haha I know had to throw that in there of course), but seriously must-listen episodes before baby arrives we discuss a lot of what nobody tells you that I wish I had known:

 

5. make a bunch of meals in advance and freeze them, or have someone create a meal train for you. You won’t want to cook for like 3 months! Take the help!

 

Make Padsicles in advance if you plan to have a vaginal delivery. You can’t use these all day but 1-2 times per day you will feel like you are basically at the spa.

 

Know that your normal is not anyone else’s and this all takes time to transition and understand. I feel like it takes at least 6 solid months to feel like you’ve got it. If not more. I think it was at the 9-month mark with my first and 6 months with my second that it got “easier”. Everything is new and different. Your relationship with you, your husband, your parents, your friends, your body, your baby. Give yourself grace and it’s okay if you bicker with your husband more or if you are not sure you love this motherhood thing (that is called maternal ambivalence and is normal). But honestly if you do feel like you need help in any way ask for it. You’ve got this and you have a community to help support you. 

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