August 9, 2016

The Physical Changes of Being a Mom | #SpeakFreeWithCarefree

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Carefree® Liners and Walgreens as part of the #SpeakFreeWithCarefree campaign and all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

 

It has been a month now that we have had our baby boy in our life and it has been a whirlwind of adapting to life as a new mom.  Besides the whole sleeping when I can and feeding a newborn part, I am still working with my ever changing body.  I thought that once my pregnancy was over, things would start feeling semi normal again.  But here I am postpartum still dealing with pregnancy induced carpal tunnel, heat rashes from one hundred degree weather, as well as all the recovery from labor that my body is still enduring.


Becoming a mom has been this beautiful yet difficult transition.  Each week seems to get a little easier as we figure out our son and come up with a routine that fits are new family of three.  While there are some things I cannot control, there are a handful of little things that help me make this transition slightly easier.  And most of these things come down to planning ahead.


Having things on hand around the house that I might need during a middle of the night feeding is one less thing I have to worry about as I stumble out of bed at 1:00 am.  Having my diaper bag stocked with essentials allows us to get out of the house when the moment arises (and the baby is not crying!) by simply grabbing it and going.  I am thanking 39 week pregnant Ashley for stocking the freezer with easy food we can grab and thaw out for simple meals.  It really is the little things that make such a difference in these long early days of parenting.


While I tried to plan ahead as much as possible before going into labor, there are just some things that I wouldn't understand until the time came.  In the first few days of arriving home from the hospital, we made multiple trips into Walgreens to either pick something up for me or the baby.  What I love about Walgreens is that it is quick and convenient.  I was definitely the typical first time mom, worried about taking my son out into public with all the germs.  I love that I don't have to fight a crowd at Walgreens yet they still have everything we need to make one quick trip out of the house and then quickly back home. 


Physically getting back to my normal self and letting everything heal after labor was a whole new experience for me.  Each day seemed to bring a different ache or pain.  I have grown so used to keeping busy all the time and was forced to take it easy so that my body could do it's thing.


I decided that stocking up on Carefree® Liners in different absorbency and sizes would get me through the next month or so while my body heals.  Thankfully I am now past the need for the super size pads they sent home with me from the hospital!  These liners are perfect during this in between stage where my flow changes daily.  I just tuck a few in each of my bags along with the baby's diapers so that we are both always ready in case of a little leak!


Here is a line up of some of the different sizes Carefree® Liners come in.  In my pre-baby days I did not need so much variety as things were more consistent and predictable.  These past ten months have been a whirlwind of change through pregnancy and after labor.  Having choices to fit my body and my wardrobe needs is one less thing to worry about as I focus my attention on parenting (or catching some sleep!) instead.

// Carefree® Acti-Fresh (Unscented Regular To Go and Unscented Extra Long To Go): thin but absorbent to keep you clean and fresh throughout the day

// Carefree® Original: stay put adhesive keeps liner in place

// Carefree® Thong: stay put wings designed especially for thong underwear (I really love these!)


In the past week I participated in the "Free To Be Me" Challenge where I used Carefree® Liners to free myself from the worry of my postpartum feminine issues.  It has been so nice to choose a liner based on the day and I feel so much more less bulky then I did in that first week home.  I will be continuing to use Carefree® Liners in the weeks to come giving me the peace of mind that I am always covered.  Now I can #SpeakFreeWithCarefree!

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