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We’re on baby-watch for our friend Jeff Kurkjian of The Andie Summers Show. He and his wife Emily are expecting their first child – a baby girl named McKinley Hope – and we couldn’t be more excited! While having a baby is a magical time, especially when it’s your first, there is so much that happens to a mother’s body during pregnancy and delivery that no one talks about. Once that little one enters the world, we have an idea that it’s all about the baby, but so much of it should be about the mom. That’s why postpartum items are so important.
If you’ve never had a child, you may not realize how long it takes your body to get back to the shape and condition you were in before you became pregnant. If that ever even happens! Our bellies stretch, our boobs grow, our hips spread, and I won’t get into what happens in the nether regions.
But, please. Don’t think I’m complaining. I loved being pregnant with my kiddos. I gained 70 pounds with my daughter. Yep. That’s a lot. But only about 20 with my son three years later. After he was born, I nursed and went back to work, had a toddler to chase around, and lost all the baby weight I had put on three years earlier. Yay for me! But that was short lived. Once my hormones balanced out, I put weight back on a little too easily. And I’ve continued to live a roller coaster of weight for the past 12 years.
Again, no complaints. I realize I’m a superhero for creating life in my abdomen and, by some stroke of God, have been able to raise those kids into amazing humans.
Back to the point. Postpartum items are important. Creating, carrying, and then delivering a baby (or multiples) take an absolute toll on your body. And when you have your first, you don’t realize everything that’s available to you that will make your life easier and more comfortable. Let us help you! We asked our listeners for their suggestions of what are the postpartum items you couldn’t have done without. Here’s what we came up with …