Life After Labor: Readjusting Your World
Once you give birth, it’s a joyous time. A beautiful new life has entered this world, a wonderful new part of your family is born. But what about you? It’s not uncommon for moms to be kind of a disaster zone after giving birth. The body, the mind, the soul, they’ve all been through a ringer, so it’s important to make sure you are readjusting after this chapter in your life. Here’s some advice to help you do that.
The Baby Is Asleep, I Must…
You might have heard from experienced (know it all) parents that once you have a baby, you will never sleep again. While baby’s sleeping patterns do make it difficult to sleep at regular times, you shouldn’t be going without sleep completely or even trying to get by on short bursts. What you should be doing is making sure that when the baby is sleep, you too are snoozing peacefully. Don’t worry about sleeping through issues. The baby’s cry will wake you. Did you know that women are programmed through evolution to wake to a baby’s cry? Dads – they get all the luck, don’t they?
Can I Work Out?
You can workout after you have given birth and you can start pretty soon. If you check out www.momsintofitness.com/post-pregnancy-exercise/, you’ll find that there are plenty of workouts that you can complete to get back in shape. At this point you’re probably thinking, is this really what I should be focusing on? It depends on how much it affects you. Some people are very subconscious about the way their body looks and may not be used to the changes that pregnancy has brought. If that’s the case then post natal workouts may be the answer to ensure that you do get your self confidence back.
Don’t Feel Guilty If You’re Unhappy
Postnatal depression is very common. Between 10 and 15 in 100 parents women that have a baby will experience it. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother. It just means that chemicals in your brain are playing havoc with your mind and hormones are making things a lot worse for you. What’s important is that you do get the help you need. So, if you are feeling blue after having a baby, then you should definitely seek help. It’s understandable to put your baby first, but you have to make sure that you are looking after yourself too. You can learn about this condition on www.theguardian.com/society/postnatal-depression.
Time Ticking Away
Finally, you’ll find that you have a lot less spare time now that you are a parent. Everything starts to focus around your kids rather than yourself and again, that’s understandable. The only issue here is that unfortunately, that can be exhausting. As such, even as a first-time parent, you always need to make sure that you are making time for yourself and adding a little ‘me’ time to your schedule.
We hope this helps you readjust after labor and love being a mom. Remember, appreciate them while they’re little because your angels will grow up faster than you think. It may be a cliche, but it’s also true.