Hanging on by your fingertips? A new Mums Guide
Nothing can prepare you for motherhood. Is this true? While your new baby is a gift the lack of sleep is quite challenging and as a result you may feel both overwhelmed and exhausted! There is so much to learn. It is normal at times to feel that you are hanging on by your fingertips.
Prepare for the rollercoaster ride of emotions. Many mothers ask the question “will any part of me return to normal”? The sheer excitement when you finally get back into your normal jeans. Why are we putting ourselves under so much pressure to fit into size 10 so quickly?! As a mother and a midwife Educator I have experienced this both personally and professionally. Forget the front page of the glossy magazines…The reality is different. Be kind to yourself, and give your body time to recover both physically and mentally.
You don’t have to be superwoman. That is for the Movies!
I have devised a New Parents Daily survival plan.
- Sleep when your baby sleeps- Rest is important in the initial weeks
- Accept any offer of help. You can return the kindness again!
- Have a strategy for managing your visitors. (Mother and baby sleeping signs may help!)
- Go for a short walk every day.
- Eat well-Don’t skip mealtimes.
- Try and learn one new thing every day.
- Keep Positive and take one day at a time.
- Be Kind to yourself.
- No housework for six weeks.
- Have a good sense of humour. Everyone made mistakes.
- The most important people in your life during this transition is your GP, your Pharmacist, your community midwife, your public health nurse, your partner and your baby.
- Don’t be afraid to cry…You are human.
- The books are a guide only. Some chapters haven’t been invented yet.
- This is going to be your best journey ever- ENJOY!