Let’s be honest. Becoming a parent is a huge life change. Suddenly, you have this new little person who is entirely dependent on you for everything. No pressure at all, right? 😉 In these first months, it’s important to take care of yourself so you can take care of your little one. As the saying goes ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’. Here are some top self-care tips to help you do just that.
Accept offers of help
When it comes to accepting help, we can often be our own worst enemy. If someone offers to share the load, we’re very tempted to say “No, we’re fine. We can manage!” Try and say ‘yes’ more often. If someone offers to mind the baby for an hour, cook something for you, or do a bit of shopping/cleaning, take them up on it. Use the time to take a long blissful shower, have a nap, a walk, or whatever takes your fancy. Enjoy it to the full.
In the first weeks of motherhood, you are likely to be in a continuous cycle of feeding, changing and watching your baby sleep. This is a wonderful time to bond with your little one and rest is so important for your post-partum body. We know it’s a cliché, but try and sleep, or at least rest, when your baby is sleeping.
Do your pelvic floor exercises
We don’t want to be a nag, but those pelvic floor exercises really are worth doing! Not only will it help you regain that all-important bladder control, it will help your internal muscles to regain some of their strength and tone. You can even do them while watching TV, so there’s no excuse!
“It takes a village to raise a child,” is the old saying. So remember, you’re not alone on this journey. With social media, it’s never been easier to find an online community of Mums to share experiences and swap questions. You may even make a whole new set of friends. So whether you WhatsApp, Tweet, Insta or TikTok, reach out, your village is waiting.
Make time for yourself
Most importantly, don’t forget who you are. Yes, you’re a mum now, but keep up with the things you enjoyed before your baby arrived. Take that class, meet friends for coffee, get a regular hair/nail appointment or go to the gym. Carve out that little bit of ‘me-time’ for yourself each week. You owe it to yourself. When you return, you’ll be all the happier to snuggle your little one again.
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