If you are pregnant or just had a baby read our tips for new moms. Having a baby is one of the most memorable events in a woman’s life. Most soon-to-be moms envision how incredible it will be to have the amazing baby they carried for nine months in their arms. Below you will find some great tips for first time moms that will make your transition easier.
Tips For New Moms
It will be incredible, mind blowing and so much more. It will be exhausting, stress-inducing and exhausting (did I mention exhausting). Here are a few tips for new moms and things to consider before your baby arrives.
It is okay to not feel 100% elated about this big life event. A woman’s body goes through an incredible amount of change during pregnancy, labor and childbirth. These changes are physical, emotional and hormonal in nature and can cause mood swings, crying fits and general depression. If you feel that any negative feelings are too severe or have gone on for too long, don’t hesitate to call your OB, PCP or a therapist.
Determine the best way to leverage any support system available. Often when a new baby comes home, there are many people offering their time to help with the baby, cook meals, assist with chores and much more. Make sure that you take advantage of this kindness to the extent that you are comfortable. Recovery from childbirth can be difficult so you want to be sure that you give yourself enough time to heal before diving back into a regular schedule.
Be honest with yourself and others about your wants and needs. If you are not comfortable with having visitors when you first get home, then tell people that you want to restrict guests for a certain amount of time when you get home from the hospital. Even as your baby gets older, it is acceptable to tell family and friends that you need a phone call before a guest drops in for a visit. Family and friends should be more considerate because you are a first time mom but often their genuine excitement leads to a lack of manners. Setting boundaries will help you avoid awkward and uncomfortable situations with family and friends.
Lastly, always trust your gut. A new mother will get all sorts of advice; some will be good and some will be outdated or irrelevant. A mother’s instinct will often be a better guide than the entire internet and baby books put together. Never worry about seeming overprotective when it comes to your children. You are and will always be their biggest advocate and protector.
You can also check out more tips for new moms about: