New mum lifestyle tips
Now that your baby has arrived, you are starting a new phase in your life. Right after the delivery some women feel very happy and excited, but don’t worry if you don’t, because it is quite normal to have “mixed emotions” in the beginning.
If you are a first time mum, every little thing related to your baby will be a new experience for you, which could be beautiful and tiring at the same time.
The lack of sleep during the nights is probably the biggest challenge for every mum, and can affect you both physically and emotionally. Follow your baby’s rhythm and rest whenever your baby is asleep. Learn to prioritize, do only what’s necessary and leave the rest of the domestic obligations to the others as much as possible. It is quite OK to ask for help, and accept one when it is offered.
Some women might go through post-delivery depression. Usually they would feel sad, powerless, uncertain, and anxious or too sensitive. If you have feelings like this, talk openly about them and ask for help and support. You can discuss things with your doctor, but also family and friends, especially mums who have already “been there” are very helpful.
Take care of yourself!
After delivery your body will also go through certain changes. You will have vaginal bleeding during the next few weeks, and as your uterus contracts back you might as well feel some low abdominal pain.
Some women have problems with hemorrhoids, which would probably disappear after a few days.
Although all of this is normal, make sure you have regular appointments with your health provider to do necessary examinations and discuss about everything that is happening to your body.
Despite the baby arriving to your family and all obligations you have now, it is normal to also have some time for yourself. This will help you relax and boost your spirit. You might try to establish a schedule of me-time when your partner or other family member would spend some time with the baby without your presence. Don’t use this free time to catch up with domestic duties, but make the most of it, reestablish the connection with yourself and do the things you like to do. And don’t feel guilty about it! Remember, your emotional health is important for you and for the whole family.
You might as well consider reestablishing an exercising routine to feel more energized and relaxed, and to help you get your body shape back. In the beginning, it would be best to start cautiously, not to overdo it. Talk to your doctor before making any decisions.
Considering your sex life, don’t worry if it takes a while before your sex drive is back. You are going through big physical and emotional changes, and with the mother duties you have now, all on reduced sleep, it is quite normal and expected. When you do feel ready for sex, it is usually OK if your vaginal bleeding has stopped. Nevertheless, it is always best to first consult your gynecologist.
Again, taking care of yourself means also sticking to a healthy diet and taking your Premama Duo supplement to help you keep up with the pace of motherhood and provide good quality breast milk for your baby.
Finally, taking care of a small baby is at the same time one of the most beautiful and demanding jobs for any woman. As much as it is important to take good care of your baby, it is also essential that your own needs are taken care of. Remember to congratulate yourself for everything you have achieved so far, and enjoy every day of your baby’s life, because it will grow up in the blink of an eye.