Becoming a mum for the first time has to be one of the most wonderful, exciting and moving things you may ever accomplish in your life. Yet this exciting time can be exhausting and naturally worrying.
If you do feel apprehensive about how you will cope with motherhood the following essential tips for new mums may help.
One of the most essential tips for new mums is to combat fatigue. Relentless interrupted nights sleeps means many a new mum rarely has time to catch up on the sleep her body so desperately needs after giving birth to her baby. In order to enjoy these precious first few weeks with your baby to the fullest you need to catch up on sleep whenever you can. In other words, forget the washing, ironing and cleaning and take a nap when your little one does.
Make breastfeeding comfortable and relaxing
When it comes to breastfeeding your baby try and make the experience enjoyable for both your baby and you. Choose a comfortable chair and make sure both you and your baby are comfortable and relaxed. The key to successful breastfeeding is good attachment and this can only really be achieved when both mother and baby are relaxed and comfortable.
Find time to exercise
You will be amazed how just a small amount of exercise can make you feel better both mentally and physically. Try and find the time to do some kind of exercise several times a week to reap the benefits exercise can have on your wellbeing. Walking is a great form of exercise for new mums and is something you can involve your baby in.
The brilliance of burping
An unsettled baby can be exhausting for a mother to cope with. If your baby is unsettled and crying a lot, do not underestimate the settling power of a burp. Simply rub or pat your baby’s back gently until he burps and you may find that your baby settles soon after being winded.
To complete our essential tips for new mums, where possible accept help! You may want to prove that you can cope alone with your little one and subsequently decline the help offered by friends and family. Instead of turning down their help accept it. If someone offers to do the washing up or cook tonight’s dinner, let them – it will give you more time to tend to your baby and of course yourself.