I am a fairly new Catholic. Many of you here in the Family Life forum have already helped me on many other matters. Thanks to you all.
Now to my question. I am due with baby #3 in about 6 weeks. Yay! But, my midwife made it clear to me yesterday that for the first couple of weeks, I shouldn't be going anywhere except to the pediatrician after the baby is about 2 weeks old. It has been three years since the birth of my second child, so I really don't recall what those first weeks were like for me at that time.
So, how long do Catholic mothers tend to stay home after giving birth? I know that I won't want to stay home forever. Sometimes, rather soon after delivery, I like to go out for some fresh air and socialization with friends. I get cabin fever pretty quick. But Mass is a different scenario. It is not just a stroll, nor can I sit or lay down whenever I need/want to. Also, I will be working on establishing a nursing relationship with my newborn, and the first 6 weeks are sometimes rather challenging. So, what have other Catholic moms done? I am not sure here, in part because I didn't just go from Protestant church-goer to Catholic. My conversion came about during the middle of my pagan wanderings, and I have no adult church history to guide me in such matters.
Of course I do understand that missing Mass is a mortal sin, unless for reasons of illness. But I tend to feel cheerful and energetic after childbirth. I need some guidelines for restricting my behavior so my overenthusiasm doesn't retard recuperation or nursing. And I certainly don't want to harm the baby by going among too many people too quickly. So, please help this confused new Catholic understand this better. Thanks! :p