Having a new baby means exciting but sometimes overwhelming changes. If you or your partner have recently had a baby, it can be difficult to know how to navigate everyday life. Especially if the new mom is experiencing postpartum depression or a typical case of the baby blues, it’s important to take things one step at a time and to be as gentle with yourself as you are with your newborn. For a few tips on how to navigate your life postpartum, read on.
Making Life Easier
Many new moms underestimate just how big of a change becoming a new parent will be. Even something as small as the transition from a traditional bra to a nursing bra is something you’ll want to plan for to make the postpartum months easier. Especially if you plan on nursing your baby, having the right supportive nursing bra is a good way to tackle challenges like engorgement and get additional support.
Finding the right products before having your baby doesn’t end with planning for a new bra size and finding the right nursing pump. In fact, it’s only the beginning. The more you can do while pregnant, like finding the right car seat, making a great nursery for your baby, and getting strollers or other tools that will help you to get around, will make those first few months easier as you adapt to your new lifestyle with your baby.
Reaching Out for Help
If you find yourself struggling with the baby blues or postpartum depression, it’s a good idea to reach out for help as soon as possible. While most new moms experience some level of sadness or simply sleep deprivation, other mothers have an extremely difficult time with sudden hormone changes that require helpful intensive outpatient therapy or talk therapy with a therapist who understands postpartum depression.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re experiencing signs of depression or that you and your spouse are having relationship problems while adjusting to your new lifestyle, it could be a good idea to get a therapist just for extra support. Even if you think things will go perfectly smoothly and you have a great support system, the reality is that being a parent can come with surprises. Having a therapist you trust during your pregnancy and beyond is always a good idea.
Self-Care Post Baby
Too many new moms and parents make the mistake of assuming that as long as they’re taking care of their baby well, it’s enough. The truth is that your mental wellness depends on making yourself a priority, too. Even before your baby is born, it’s smart to come up with a list of healthy habits and activities you’ll maintain in order to best take care of yourself.
If you already understand that self-care is important to your ability to be the best parent possible, don’t stop with that list of activities. Consider connecting with the people in your natural support system and even joining a parenting group so you can expand on social opportunities for you and your baby. Not only will this get you out of the house and keep you active, but it could also be a great way to make new, like-minded friends as you navigate the postpartum period and beyond.
At the end of the day, taking things one step at a time and making your and your baby’s health a priority is a great first step toward a healthy future. In being okay with taking things slow and taking advantage of those moments your baby is sleeping to take care of yourself, you’ll put yourself in the position of being more rested and feeling better about yourself in your first days as a new parent. Congratulations on your new arrival. Take the time to enjoy these special bonding moments now.