Being a new mom can be exhausting mentally and physically. Although you are overjoyed that your newborn is finally here, you may also be feeling stressed out; but who could blame you? There are sleepless nights, you have to make time for family, you have to handle your household duties, you struggle to lose your baby weight, and you’re new to taking care of a baby. If you are a first-time mom, hopefully, I can relieve some stress by giving you some advice and coping tips.
While pregnant, you probably heard friends or relatives say, “Sleep while you can, because you won’t when your baby arrives!” You may have thought they were exaggerating, but surprise! They were absolutely right.
Now that the baby is here, everybody seems to say the same thing: sleep when the baby sleeps. This may work for some moms, but many other moms find this advice to be no good. While your baby is napping, you may want to do laundry or get some alone time. Maybe you find it hard to wind down while the sun is out. Either way, you can still get rest without napping. You could feed your baby one night, then ask your hubby to feed the next night. You can also push back your bedtime by a few hours and try to fall asleep when your baby does. You can also ask your hubby to take care of the baby in the morning, giving you 1-2 extra hours of sleep.
Now that the baby is here, you will be spending most of your days with them. This can be stressful, especially when your hubby wants some attention. You can plan a day out of every week to do family things; after the baby is asleep, maybe you can order a nice meal and enjoy it with your partner. If you want to spend time with other family members, maybe ask your partner to watch the baby while you spend time with them. You could even hire a babysitter for one day each week while you do family things. Never feel guilty for wanting a break, every momma needs one!
Keeping Up With Household Chores
Messy house, dirty laundry, a sink full of dishes; don’t let it stress you out! Ask your partner to do some chores if you do not have the energy, or maybe a relative who would be more than happy to help you. You could also hire a house cleaner once in a while. If you do not sleep while your baby is napping, you could do a little bit of cleaning. Each time your child takes a nap, clean for 15 minutes and by the end of the day your chores will be almost complete. If you don’t feel like cleaning, don’t sweat it! If any visitors stop by your house, they’ll understand why your house doesn’t look perfect.
Stubborn Baby Weight
If you’re feeling insecure about your body after giving birth, there are a few things you can do to lose the baby weight. You shouldn’t try to do a 30-45 minute long exercise, instead do 10 minutes of exercise periodically throughout the day. If you would like to go to your local gym, maybe ask your hubby to watch the baby while you go to the gym or while you go for a walk. If unhealthy eating is a problem, try buying healthier dinners and snacks. Instead of snacking on chips, you could eat fruit or a granola bar. Also, drink more water and cut out soda from your diet (not entirely). A soda or two a week will not hurt you. Use these tips and you will get to your pre-pregnancy weight in no time!
Simply Being a First-Time Mom
Why is my baby crying? Does she need to be fed? Does she need a diaper change? Am I doing things right? No mom is perfect, although we all strive to be. Things may be rough at first but always trust your instincts! Whatever you think is best for your child, do it. Things will be hard at first, but you will eventually adjust to your new life as a mom. People will tell you what worked for their child, people will tell you what to do or what not to do. Always do what your gut tells you, after all, you know your child better than anyone else!