Moms can’t wait to give birth because they want the discomfort of pregnancy over with once and for all. What most women find on the other side, however, is that the battle has only just begun. While being a new mother is an incredible feeling, it’s also a lot of hard work. After all, babies are needy and there isn’t always someone around to lend a helping hand. As a result, postpartum life can get tough with one in seven women suffering from depression.
Because you want to enjoy the experience, it’s important to make life as hassle-free as possible. Below are some savvy tips which will help.
While there are advantages to feeding your baby with breast milk, there are also pitfalls. The main one for moms is the fact that they need to be on call regardless of the time. So, when the little one wakes up in the middle of the night screaming for a meal, it’s you who has to get out of bed. Considering you’re already sleep-deprived, this will only add to your troubles. Using formula means the other half can share the duties so that you get to have your beauty sleep.
It isn’t just weight gain that moms have to deal with after pregnancy. There are a host of issues which impact your confidence and self-esteem. One you might not be aware of which Moms into Fitness points out is Diastasis Recti which is where the abs separate. Thankfully, working out is a fantastic way to get back into shape and deal with these side-effects. Anyone with DR can use yoga to improve their posture and take pressure off the diastasis. Alternatively, going for a long walk will burn fat and target the problem areas. And, don’t forget about the mood benefits too.
3Use Throwaway Cutlery (Plant-Based)
Cleaning never goes away whether you’re a singleton or a mother of a baby boy or girl. It’s important to keep the house clean, yet you don’t have the time or energy to run around with the vacuum cleaner. That’s why Romper says it’s vital to cut down on the amount by using disposable cutlery. When the plates and the knives and the forks go in the trash, there’s no need to do the dishes leaving you with extra time to focus on other things. To keep the planet healthy, make sure you do your research beforehand and pick the best plant-based cutlery option, such as bamboo forks and knives for instance. The reality is that most of the products labeled as biodegradable, compostable, etc., can’t be recycled because they are not plastic. Try and avoid using cutlery wherever possible. For example, eat a sandwich out of the packaging rather than putting it on a plate.
4Accept Babysitting Services
In the beginning, the idea of being away from your child will feel wrong. You want to spend as much time as possible with him/her. But, as time passes, the desire to get out of the house and do adult things takes over. You need a break, and that is where parents and brothers and sisters and best friends come into play. Those who love spending time with kids would happily watch your little sprout for a couple of hours while you go on your weekly date night. Accepting help is the best way to stay sane when everything is baby-centric.
And ultimately, involving your newborn(s) in diverse life experiences early on will give you a new sense of freedom and empowerment which you had never tapped into earlier!