Tips for new Mums
Motherhood is an exciting time for new mums, but it can also bring nervousness and worry. Here are our top tips for enjoying new motherhood.
1. Eat well
Breastfeeding is demanding on your body. It’s important to eat a healthy diet to make sure your body gets the extra energy and nutrients it needs to keep up with the increasing demands. Eating from the five food groups will provide you good nutrition, however you may also like to use a pregnancy and breastfeeding nutritional supplement like MamaCare to boost your intake, especially if eating enough is a challenge.
2. Get some rest
Life with a new baby can be exhausting. It’s important to get as much rest as you can. If your energy is flagging during the day, try taking a short nap next to your baby when they sleep.
3. Get some exercise
When you’re feeling up to it, put your baby in the baby in the stroller and go for a walk. It will clear your mind and remind you that there is a world outside of your four walls.
4. Accept offers of help
New motherhood is hard – you have a newborn baby in the house and you’re still recovering from the birth. If someone offers to bring over a meal or babysit for an hour, take the offer.
5. Prepare to be a bit disorganised
Newborn babies have their own schedule, which may make you feel a little out of control. For the first few weeks, just go with the flow, and learn as much about your baby as you can.
6. Finding a routine
Some parents opt for little or no routine at all and are happy to follow their baby’s lead. Other parents find that a very simple, flexible routine seems to help their baby, and helps them feel more in control. Try not to get bogged down listening to other parents’ routines and listen to your baby to find a routine that works for you.
7. Take care of yourself
Sometimes a good day will be just feeding and comforting your baby, getting out of your pyjamas and having a shower – this is absolutely fine. Try to rest whenever you can and give yourself time to get to know your baby. Just try to be as kind to yourself as you are to your baby. Remember this is new to both of you and you are doing a great job.