While you are pregnant and planning for a new baby, make sure that creating a postpartum plan is at the top of your priority list!

Many expectant parents spend most of their preparation time planning for childbirth and getting the nursery ready, but few parents really “get” the need to prepare for postpartum recovery.

You often have very little control over how your pregnancy, birth, and early weeks postpartum will go. You may have an easy birth and recovery, or you may have lots of challenges to overcome.

Most new parents do face some challenges, especially fatigue. When you plan ahead and have help set up, you have at least some control over how your recovery will go.

Having a postpartum plan is like having an insurance policy. If you have it, you may not need it, but if you don’t have it, you may really need it (but it will be too late to create one.) At that point, you will need to scramble for help. Please do not wing it!