I was lucky that I knew in advance that I was going to have my caesarean  section, so I had some time to prepare and a revised birth plan. That said, I’m not sure that I really understood how difficult it might be, or the practical ways that my life could be made a little easier. I’m not talking about pain management, as I found paracetamol and ibuprofen more than sufficient, but I mean the psychological effects of being housebound for a little while, and the practical things I didn’t consider. So here is what I learned in those first few weeks. I hope it might help you prepare a little better and also support a new mum who is in that position. Get a supply of generic painkillers in the house There’s nothing worse than being caught out and not being able to get to the shop. Obviously discuss your pain relief and care with your doctor and midwife, but if its bog standard over the counter stuff, stash a few boxes away. Set up stations around the house for all your essentials I live in a three story house and there’s no way I was going up and down the stairs every time I needed a nappy or a snack. Little bags or boxes in the rooms you spend the most time is essential – nappies, wipes, nappy sacks for baby, but also think about water and snacks for you. I had stashes next to the sofa and our bed. Trust me, if you are lying in bed feeding a baby at 3am in the morning, you are likely to get thirsty and hungry. Same if you find yourself trapped under a sleeping baby. Get a TV streaming service Whether it’s Netflix, Amazon Prime or NOW TV, this is one of my all-time recommendations for new parents. You’re going to keep some peculiar hours as it is, if you’re trapped in the house you need to be able to watch some good TV. Make the most of it now while baby has no idea what you’re watching and before you’re tied to watching CBeebies. Ask for / Buy Practical Gifts Between the dressing and stitches, plus lack of time, fancy body lotions may be the last thing on your mind. Don’t be afraid to ask for practical gifts, or to buy them. One of my favourite was a thermos mug. I could make a massive vat of tea and it would stay hot for an hour or two. I’ve written a whole post on practical gifts for new mums. Sort out your shopping I thought I was very organised and booked online shopping deliveries so I wouldn’t have to carry bags. I didn’t consider what I would do at the other end when they arrived and had to lift them and move them about to unpack. Ensure that you time deliveries so someone else is there and you can supervise them unpacking for you. Also, don’t be afraid…

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