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!!!
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.