You’ve waited nine long months to hold your beautiful baby in your arms and now they’re finally here. Although you’re quite exhausted, you’ve never felt happier. From this moment on, you pledge you will do anything and everything you can to keep your baby safe and happy. However, like most new moms, you may not be thinking about taking care of yourself too. Those first few days, weeks, months, even years of motherhood will be the toughest on you both mentally and physically, which is why practicing self-care is crucial. Keep reading for some tips on ways in which busy moms can take a little time to refresh and recharge in order to be there for the person who needs them the most, their new baby!
Speak Openly About Struggles
Too often new moms are struggling emotionally but don’t feel they can speak about it. Many women suffer from Postpartum Depression which includes extreme anxiety, feelings of depression and can interfere with a woman’s ability to care for her child and herself. While it’s normal to feel a slurry of emotions after this monumental life change, but if they persist, it’s important you see your doctor right away to receive a proper diagnosis.
The mixed emotions you feel after giving birth may infiltrate into other areas of your life. It’s normal for your desire to engage in intimacy to decrease, but if this persists you may suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD. Intimacy should always be consensual, but if you’re not open about this with your partner, they may begin to feel insecure or frustrated. Companies like hers offer treatment for HSDD by way of telemedicine. If you think you may be experiencing it, consult a physician online and based on a series of questions they can offer you a proper diagnosis.
Ask For Help and Accept It
As a new mom, you may experience a surge of adrenaline, which most likely stems from the exhaustion you’re feeling. This will have you thinking you can do it all with absolutely no help. Eventually, that energy will wear off and you’ll be left with a screaming baby who wants nothing to do with sleep. If you have a partner, friend or family member there to help, let them! This doesn’t make you any less of a mom. In fact, allowing yourself to get a little shut-eye will give you the energy you need to take proper care of your baby and keep them safe! If you’re doing it on your own or even just need some advice, check out our sleep consultation packages here to learn more about how you and your baby can get more rest at night!
This may be the hardest, yet most important tip of them all. It’s likely in the first few weeks of your baby’s life you will want to spend every waking moment watching over them. Making sure they’re still breathing while they sleep or soothing them if they cry. This is especially true if you’re breastfeeding, as you are at your baby’s beck and call, literally. However, spending a little time away from your baby is a great way to practice self-care. If you have a partner or someone there to lend a hand, use this opportunity to do something for yourself. Take a hot shower, go to the grocery store, or even sit in your car in silence t! How you choose to spend this time is up to you as long as you do something for you. Sure, it’s likely you will feel some degree of separation anxiety, but you should not feel guilty as absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Devoting some time to yourself to recharge will only help make you a happier, more refreshed mom to your baby.
Keep in mind that as a new mom, no one expects you to have it all figured out! Give yourself a break once in a while and remember that you were given this baby for a reason, but if you do not put yourself first once in a while, it will be that much harder to care for them the way they deserve to be cared for. Take time out for self-care and accept the help you’re offered. It will only benefit you and your family in the long run!