No matter how many mom blogs or parenting articles you’ve read, nothing can prepare you for the joy, challenges, and exhaustion that comes with being a new mom. Though it’s an exciting time, bringing home your new baby can put stress on you and your partner in unexpected ways. Here’s a look at some of the changes you can expect and how to deal with them.
Your Body Is Exhausted
After giving birth, many women feel a sense of exhaustion and relief. But there’s no time to rest. The new baby needs to nurse day and night, be held, and have his or her diaper changed. Before you experience the sleep deprivation associated with being a new parent, it’s difficult to appreciate how terrible it can make you feel. The best way to cope with this exhaustion is to sleep when baby sleeps. You can also ask a family member to come over and tend to the baby so you can nap. Take as much time away from work as possible to not only enjoy time with your infant but to let your body recover.
You Need a Good Sleeping Arrangement
To help reduce fatigue, work out a schedule with your partner so that you don’t have to get up throughout the night for feedings. If you’re breastfeeding, you can pump so that there’s milk ready when the wee one awakens at 1 a.m. and your partner can do the feeding. Though many people put their infants in a separate nursery, you can reduce your exhaustion by placing your newborn in a bassinet close to your bed. If you’re having trouble figuring out a sleeping arrangement that works for your family, a live psychic chat may bring some fresh ideas.
Your Child Will Bring So Much Joy
Though it’s important to be prepared for the tiring aspects of being a new mom, you can also prepare yourself for utter amazement. Your baby’s tiny fingers, wiggly toes, and sweet giggles will bring you tremendous joy. Do your best to step back from your new routine to enjoy the miracle of your new baby.
You May Experience Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression occurs in up to 20 percent of U.S. women who give birth every year. For some women, postpartum depression mimics traditional depression. For others, it shows up as anxiety and panic attacks. If you’re experiencing postpartum depression symptoms, talk to your physician about it because the symptoms usually don’t resolve on their own.
You Won’t Have the Perfect Baby or Home
Expect daily life to be far less polished and perfect than the magazine photos you’ve obsessed over the last few months. The nursery won’t stay tidy, and you won’t bounce back to your pre-pregnancy weight immediately. Achieve perspective by doing something fun like going for a walk or scheduling a phone tarot reading.
When you know what to expect, you can cut yourself some slack and take life with your new baby one day at a time.