So, if you want to make a “newbie” mom laugh, say something like, “You need to make time for yourself!” Ha! How? When? Yeah, the first six weeks are particularly intense. It is exciting and terrifying, rewarding and draining; easier to figure out than you thought, yet totally confusing!
Truth is this “job” comes with fantastic benefits, but motherhood also means walking around with all your nerve endings raw and exposed! Sleep deprivation? Check. Emotional turmoil? Check.
Mommy-hood is a daily dose of the brand new and the mundane. It’s hilarious, but then sometimes, well… not funny at all. And the love, oh my goodness, the love!
But, chin up new mamas! You are doing better than you think right now. It really does get easier, and much sooner than you think! It may seem impossible but finding time to recharge pays real returns. Taking a little time here and there for yourself is crucial; a physically and emotionally healthy woman is a better mom, a better wife, and can accomplish more.
We have a few tips on getting you started on this amazing journey:
- Try to fill the freezer with easy-to-make meals before baby arrives. “Fill the Freezer” could be a great baby shower theme!
- Forget about housework for a while or hire a house cleaning service.
- Eat nutritious food and drink loads of water.
- Have groceries delivered. Great for new moms who have a hard time making it into a store without crying (from you or the baby!) involved.
- Sleep when your baby sleeps. Stick to this old adage, it really is the best advice. Take naps together and go to bed early. Don’t do chores when baby goes down.
- Take shifts on weekends. If you’re up with baby at night, you get to sleep in and dad does the morning care and gets to nap later.
- Sleep close to your baby. Being close to mom regulates baby’s heart rate, immune system and stress levels and makes breastfeeding easier.
- Turn to moms who’ve been there for emotional support. Join a playgroup or start one of your own.
- Focus on what’s important. Feed your baby, feed yourself and sometimes bathe one of you.
- Accept help from anyone who’s nice enough to offer. If a trusted neighbour offers to hold your baby while you take a shower, say yes!
- Reconnect with a friend. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
- Separate if you’re out together. If you, your partner and baby all decide to go out to the mall, go off on your own for a half hour.
- If you’re nursing, start pumping. Once you’re a month-and-a-half in, try pumping a little milk, so you can leave for an hour and not feel panicked that your little one is going to be hungry.
- Take a drive. You don’t need an actual destination. Blast a little music for a while.
- Just be. Find your happy place, close your eyes and you’re there. Do it often.
- Exercise. Get the okay for this (usually around month two.) Nothing feels as good as a quick sweat session.
- Enjoy a mug of tea.
- Take a bubble bath. A sparkling fruit juice in your best crystal flute. Great!
So, when you are up in the wee hours of the morning with your tiny baby, let yourself feel the sweetness and wonder of that little person who depends on you for everything right now.
Go easy on yourself new mama, you’ll find your feet.
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