And Then There Were Three: Ways to Adapt your Body and Mind After Having a Baby
Carrying a baby for nine months, giving birth, and then recovering are all big deals. These not only take a lot of time and energy, but they require plenty of blood, sweat, and tears. But it’s not over after that. A new mom must then care for her newborn until they reach adulthood. It’s a task that no new mother truly feels 100% prepared for, but they must, somehow, some way.
Unfortunately, many women who have recently given birth have a difficult time adapting to all the changes. From dealing with postpartum depression to juggling both their and their baby’s needs, to accepting their post-pregnancy body, it’s all hard no doubt.
If you’re a new mother, about to be one, or know a new mother who’s struggling, read on for advice on adapting the mind and body after pregnancy.
1. Come up with a daily routine...to an extent.
Caring for a little one necessitates heavy flexibility. You must be able to get up nearly all hours of the night to care for your crying baby. Not to mention, there are plenty of unpredictable moments associated with young children: spit-up, leaky diapers, difficulties breastfeeding, sudden crying, the list goes on.
Despite how unpredictable it can be to parent a newborn, it’s critical that new mothers are able to create somewhat of a daily routine for themselves. Even simple things like planning to do the dishes or get rid of some old books can give mothers something to look forward to other than caring for their baby. It can also help them feel more connected with their “old life.”
2. Make getting plenty of sleep a priority.
We get it, sleeping enough every night is no easy task when you’re a new mom. An infant can easily keep the parents up for hours on end. Next thing you know, the parents might just end up with just a few hours of sleep each night. But sleep is critical for both a happy mind and a healthy body, inside and out.
That said, figure out how to make sleep a priority in your household. Perhaps you and your partner can come up with shifts in the night. Or, maybe you can squeeze in a nap or few throughout the day when your little one is snoozing.
3. Don’t forget to engage in self-care.
When you bring a baby into the world, it’s easy to set your own needs aside. It’s true that an infant requires more love, time, and attention during the early stages of their life. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to self-care. If anything, self-care is crucial for a new mother to ensure she feels her best self from the inside out.
From a simple bubble bath or facial to daily workouts or rhinoplasty surgery, there are both major and subtle things a new momma can do to feel confident. Happy wife, happy life? More like happy mother, happy baby!
Women are amazing creatures. Just knowing that they can grow life in their bellies is impressive as is. However, the many changes that come after giving birth can be difficult for many women to cope with. Although they won’t eliminate all post-pregnancy problems, the previous tips can help new mothers take charge of their mind and body after giving birth.