It’s been 11 days since I gave birth to the gorgeous little F, and I’m finally beginning to feel like my body’s my own again. I underestimated the battering the human body takes after the birth – but, having realised this, I then overestimated how long the suffering would last! I have made it through the sore breasts, aching muscles, tenderness, headaches and general weariness with the help of a few random items – and would thoroughly recommend them to any expectant mothers:
Savoy Cabbage Leaves
You’re probably wondering what the hell – and Rod cracks up when I sit there like some kind of vegan Princess Leia – but they really work! I keep them in the freezer and find them really soothing (although I do smell a bit like cabbage for a while after).
Jug, pint glass, straw
Remember when you were eight and drank everything through a straw? Why don’t we do that any more? When your movement’s reduced because you’re in pain or you have a small child clamped to you, straws make all the difference. Plus you can drain a drink much faster and it’s really important not to get dehydrated.
Thank you Vick (my sister-in-law) for giving me this. The first few days would have been agony without it. It really soothes cracked skin and it’s safe for the baby’s mouth too.
Paracetamol & Nurofen
Brufen! How I’ve missed you! I’ve spent nine months making do with Paracetamol! Sometimes, when I’m feeling really self-indulgent, I take Paracetamol and then, a couple of hours later, take Nurofen too. The relief is wonderful – and I’d make a terrible martyr.
I may be slobbing around in my PJs but a girl has some dignity.