5 Important Post-Baby Self Care Tips for New Mamas
So, you just had a baby. You're home from the hospital with your newborn sleeping in the crib, and you don't know whether to laugh or cry or try to get some sleep. There are thousands of emotions and desires and fears swirling through your head, and you just need something that will make you feel more calm, relaxed, and secure.
The good news is that there are some self care steps you can take as a new mama that will help do the trick. Having a child is one of the most beautiful, wonderful, exquisite times in your life, but it can also be one of the most stressful, and it's important to make sure you're taking care of yourself. Here are a few tips.
1. Sleep on the Same Schedule as Your Baby
Don't trick yourself into thinking you'll get enough sleep. With a newborn constantly crying and needing to be changed and fed, you're not going to get the eight hours of sleep a night that you might have been used to before your baby arrived. However, sleeping on the same schedule as your baby is key. While you may feel like you have a million things to do, try to rest during your baby's nap times and go to sleep early when your baby does. This will give you more energy to enjoy time with your newborn--even when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night wanting to be held.
2. Have a Nighttime Skincare Routine
After a long day of being a mom, you'll want to just flop into bed at night and close your eyes. But having a nighttime skincare routine is important for self care and mental health, and everyone is happier with glowing skin. Find products with clean ingredients that work for you, such as exfoliating face wash or medicated lip balm. Feeling confident and good in your skin is worth the extra effort of a nighttime skin care routine.
3. Move Your Body
With a baby, exercise might not seem like the most achievable task. Not only were you just carrying a human in your body for the past nine months, but you now have a nagging newborn that demands your around the clock attention. However, exercise doesn't have to be time consuming, taking the form of an hour-long spin class or a six mile run. A lap around the block with your baby in the stroller or a ten minute yoga video will do the trick, and you'll feel healthier and happier just from moving your muscles.
4. Ask For Help
You don't have to go at mom's life alone; asking for help is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether it's asking your friend to watch you baby or making an appointment with a therapist, having support is never something to be ashamed of. Don't be shy to let your loved ones know what you need, and be okay with admitting everything isn't perfect. No matter how much you love your baby, caring for a newborn won't be easy. Admitting when it's hard is an essential self care step.
5. Connect With Other Moms
Find people who know what you're going through. Having the support of fellow mamas can be just as important as the support of your partner, parents, or childless friends. Check to see if there are any mom groups in your area, be it through a religious organization, a school, or anything else. Having people who can relate to your joys and your struggles can make all the difference.
Being a mom is amazing. It will bring you all the happiness in the world, and you'll love your baby more than you ever thought possible. But even with that said, caring for a newborn won't be perfect. You'll cry almost as much as you laugh. But with these self care tips, you can make your mom life just a little bit easier.