We all know that having a baby is life changing. It is one of the toughest jobs and the most rewarding job you will ever have. The first couple of months with a new baby is tough and extremely tiring. When I had my first child, I did not know what to expect at all. I was overwhelmed with all the changes that were happening around me and to me. I will share with you what I learned and what helped me survive the first couple of months after having the baby.
1. Have a strong support system, you are going to need all the help you can get. If you don’t have a support system, try to join mom groups online, you will get support and a lot of resources there.
2 Try to squeeze in as much “me time “ as you possibly can. Even if it is for 30 minutes, do something to take care of yourself. It can be having a warm bath, reading a book, watching tv, exercising, meditating etc.
3. Rest as much as possible when baby is sleeping. I know you might have heard this before but it is so important and makes all the difference.
4. Create a routine, to have some sort of structure. Organize babies clothes, changing station, have some sort of routine (even if you don’t follow it through completely). When you are organized it makes things go a little bit more smoothly.
5. Make sure you are aware of the changes your are going through physically, mentally and emotionally. Talk to someone if you are experiencing postpartum. If you feel like something is off and are not feeling well, make sure you speak to your doctor about your symptoms.