Our final Bradley class was filled with information about what to do AFTER the baby gets here and how in the world to take care of this thing...okay not completely but we definitely discussed things like breast feeding, immunizations, circumcision (since everyone in the class was having a boy), and how to survive after your entire world has been flipped upside down.
One thing we decided on based on what our Bradley instructor told us is that we are going to wait about a week before we have any visitors or guests at the house. This will be hard, I already foresee it, but we know it is for the best.
Our Bradley instructor says mom should basically be in bed the first three days after giving birth. Even if you feel great, especially doing it naturally, you need to resist the temptation to get up and do "stuff". Laundry can wait, Hubby can cook, and everything will get taken care of. If you think about it, it makes sense, typically if you give birth in a hospital they keep you at least 48-36 hours anyways, so this rest time for us, will just be spent at home...in bed. (Theoretically)
Then she said for the next four days, mom can move from the bed into the living room on the couch but still doing nothing. The body has been through something fierce and different, if you give it a chance to recover and recoup, you will be all the better for it.
I am going to try this. Like I said, it will be hard. I will want to show him off, I will want to get stuff done, but I have to remember that people will be understanding (hopefully) and things will get done eventually.
We shall see.