New Mother Health & Well-being
- You have a new baby in the house, you don’t need to be told how much time and energy it takes to care for your baby and to keep to some sort of routine. If you have an older child or children in the house, then everything becomes even more difficult. Suddenly every member of the family needs more attention than ever. The health and well-being of you the mom goes right down to the bottom of the list. You need to try and avoid this happening.
- As the mainstay of the family, your health and well-being should actually be at the top of the list
- With a bit of luck, you will have had the time and energy to organize your home, freeze some home cooked meals and had your chores fairly up to date before the birth of your baby.
- If friends and family want to come and visit then – first you need to space out such visits and – secondly you need to rope them in to help. And don’t be shy to suggest ways in which they can do this: such as preparing a meal, doing shopping or chores for you or looking after any other children. Make it clear that you are recovering from childbirth and that you could do with all the help you can get. Nine times out of ten they will only be too willing to lend a hand. If you can drop hints about all this to family and friends even before your baby is born, then do so. It will avoid any problems later on.
- Remember that successful breastfeeding depends on the mom avoiding exhaustion. As your new baby is sensitive to your moods, any tiredness, or the feeling you are unable to cope, will inevitable cause your baby to suffer. You need to be very clear about your needs which are particularly important at this time.
- If your mother or mother-in-law or another close friend or relative offers to come and stay for a while, then gratefully accept such an offer. This will definitely ease the pressure off you and will help you get used to having the baby as part of your routine.
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