Adjusting to life as a new mom doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process that involves caring for your baby and finding your way through the emotions, sleepless nights, postpartum recovery, and trying to maintain some balance through it all!
Every new mom is different, as every new mom has had a different experience in the delivery room – wondering if you or your newborn has a birth injury? For types of birth injuries, click the link – however, one thing every new mom needs to do is to look after herself. So, read on for five tips to help new moms take care of themselves.
Get plenty of rest
It sounds like an impossible task. But getting plenty of rest is part of your recovery process, and it will help you to adjust to motherhood better. As your baby will need feeding every 2-3 hours, it’s important that you’re getting as much sleep as possible. Don’t worry about the cleaning, or the washing – your physical and mental wellbeing is much more critical. Try to sleep when the baby sleeps, or if you’re struggling to nap during the day, sit quietly, relax, and enjoy some quiet time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Believe it or not, you probably have plenty of people who are more than willing to help you. All you need to do is ask. Asking for help is not something you should ever feel guilty about, remember that your body needs to heal, and you’ve been through a big emotional moment, it’s going to take time to get back into the swing of things. Accept and ask for help wherever you need it. Whether that’s picking up siblings from school, do the weekly food shop, or running other errands for you.
You’re tired, uncomfortable, and probably want comfort food. It’s tempting to order in and have someone else do the cooking for you. But remember that you need to help your body to heal and recover after giving birth. Wherever possible, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, plenty of protein and vitamins. You should also drink as much water as you can to keep your fluids up. You’ll find that a good diet will give you more energy too.
You’ll need the all-clear from your Dr or your midwife before you exercise. Usually, six weeks is when medical professionals give the green light. You don’t have to hit the gym hard, go for a fast walk around the block with the pram, or take a fitness class. Swimming is also a fun, low impact exercise that gets the whole body moving. If anything, it will get you out and about and enjoying the fresh air.
Know the signs of postpartum depression
Most new moms experience something known as the baby blues for a couple of weeks after giving birth; however, if the symptoms last longer than two weeks, reach out and speak to your GP or your midwife. You don’t have to suffer in silence.