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Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

Taking care of yourself after birth
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Its been 5 months now since my sweet baby girl came into the world and we’re both working on adjusting to our new normal. Even though I had my first child six years ago, at times I feel like a new mother. I’m still anxious that I am going to make a mistake. I’m still double guessing myself if I’m doing things right.

I was also nervous that I would end up with the baby blues after giving birth to my second child. This pregnancy was physically hard and a lot of unexpected things happened.

Find the time to take care of yourself

Whether you’re a new mom or not, it seems impossible to find time when you have a newborn or kids around the house. But, when you take care of yourself, you will provide better care to your child/children.

The first few weeks  after giving birth, you’re trying to deal with all the changes required with becoming a new mother. It involves the parents learning how to care for their newborn and at the same time adjusting to the changes of the family dynamics. Take a few minutes out of the day just to meditate so you don’t get too overwhelmed.


 

Taking care of yourself  physically and emotionally.

When you first bring a new baby home, parents learn that newborns have  different sleep schedules. A typical newborn awakens about every 1-2 hours and needs to be fed, changed, and soothed. Sometimes a newborn might may have issues with reflux or colic that prevent them from sleeping well. As a new mother, this can be overwhelming and exhausting.

Getting those 8 hours of sleep may not happen for a while, but the following suggestions may be helpful in finding ways to get more rest:

  • Try sleeping when the baby is asleep. This may be only a few minutes of rest several times a day, but you are going to feel much better afterwards.
  • If possible, you should be relieved of all responsibilities except the feeding and care of yourself and the baby.
  • Get outside for a few minutes each day. As advised by your healthcare provider, begin walking and doing postpartum exercises.
  • Set up a routine. To make achieving things easier, find a routine that works for you and your family and stick with it. Having a schedule makes it easier to take time for yourself because you’ll know your baby’s schedule.
  • Balance motherhood and work. A lot of parents have to go back to work early due to their financial circumstances and that’s okay. Just make sure to ease into it and make time for yourself as well. Take  a break for an hour or so each day to do something you enjoy. Go watch a movie, get a massage or grab a good book to read.
  • Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. Giving your body the nutrients it needs is very important. Your body went through a lot during those nine months. Replenish your body with good and healthy foods. Also ,don’t forget your multivitamins!!!

taking care of yourself after birth

Sleep plays an important role in your mental health.

Around the four-month mark, things start getting easier.  The baby settles into a routine and you feel like you can breathe again. You finally get more than two consecutive hours of sleep and feel human again. Caring for yourself emotionally will lead to a happier journey through motherhood. It’s very important to get enough sleep, so you can take care of yourself and your family.

“We know that sleep deprivation can exacerbate the symptoms of postpartum depression,” Barnett says. “In terms of a mother’s mental health and well-being for everyone, it’s very, very beneficial for parents, as well as babies, to be getting sleep.” The Baby Sleep Schedule Generator created by baby monitor maker Nanit, is a simple website where parents can get personalized sleep schedule that will help them achieve their sleep goals for free!

The mind and body goes through a lot during pregnancy and birth, so mothers need to take good care of themselves so they can rebuild their strength. Getting help, eating healthy foods and getting plenty of rest will make the first few weeks easier to handle after giving birth.

 

 

  1. I cannot emphasize enough how much it helped me to get a routine established for myself and my children when they were born. From day one, they were put on a nightly routine that we follow to this day, and I swear that helped me a ton. It also helped when grandparents kept them because they knew what to do.

    This is a great and helpful list!

  2. This is a great post! As women we often neglect ourselves for others, but can’t help others if we are empty.

  3. I wish I had read your post when I had my baby. I so focused on my baby and forgot to take care of myself. I didn’t sleep when my baby slept. And I was exhausted. I barely had energy left to do anything. Thanks for sharing and pointing out a perfect issue. Great post!

  4. My mantra in life is “take care of yourself so you can take care of others.” I live by these words so I really try my best to be as healthy as I can be, not just physically but also emotionally. After giving birth on my first child, I accepted all the help that I can get from my family and friends so that I’ll have time for myself.

  5. I feel like this article covered all the key points in recuperating after giving birth. I think it’s also important if possible to share some of the responsibility with a partner or house sitter. This will definitely make the task easier.

  6. I cannot comment in giving birth but on sleep yes. I just got out of a cold and the doctor said being deprived of sleep in succession slowed down my healing. It affected my health so yes sleep is vital.

  7. Eating healthy and giving time to yourself are good tips. I definitely appreciate all the hard work that goes into motherhood and raising a family. Thanks for the article.

  8. You’re so right it is always good to take care of one’s self after birth to avoid baby blues.It good for one to have enough sleep and takes a break if need be.we need to take care of ourselves to be able to care for others.

  9. Well stated,we also need to take care of ourselves after giving birth to avoid post partum depression or stress.I take alot of rest after child’s birth and it also good to take a nap every now and then.

  10. Eating healthy diets will go a long way in helping one recover properly and have the needed nutrients for the body after childbirth.It is pertinent one take cares of self to be able to care for another.

  11. One thing I learned today – for a mother to take care of her baby well, she also needs to care for herself. I will be a dad one day and will remember to remind my wife of this. When I was a child, my mother never slept. How I wished she had read this article.

  12. I’m not a mother yet, but, by the way you told us about the difficulties of taking care of a newborn, accepting all the help that you can get is really a must. And I like the tip about sleeping when the baby does because it’ll let us insert in naps throughout the day. This little thing makes a big difference.

  13. This is so sweet to read, I will definitely show this article to someone in my house who needs it, and congrats fpr your baby!

  14. I think these tips will really help my wife. I sure will recommend her to read these tips. thanks for the tips.

  15. Mommies should take care of themselves. If not she will not be able to take care of her baby the right way. It should always start from the mom.

  16. The first few months after I gave birth, it was hard for me to sleep. You’re right, setting a routine is really helpful during these times.

  17. It is a good article for moms and future ones. Taking care of your self after giving birth is necessary and this article is a good way to remind every mom.

  18. There’s a lot of things to do after giving birth, and it’s hard for mom’s to take care of themselves because you already have a little one that you need to attend to. Thanks for the blog, got new insights to consider.

  19. When my cousin gave birth and had some sort of post partum depression, she was advised by her doctor to spend at least 1 day to herself even if it’s just a few hours. So what we did was we eat out or we eat a another cousin’s house, someone who is single usually, and just talk about random things. It helped her a lot, she claims.

  20. My mom had to go to work 2 months after she gave birth to me. Unfortunately she was assigned to somewhere far and so we were separated when I was growing up. I could only see her 1 month every year so I wasn’t really close to her. She said she was very lonely during those years because she didn’t really watch me grow.

  21. Great thoughts. New moms should read this.Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

    Xoxo,
    Tiffany

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