Congratulations! You’ve welcomed your new baby into this world and brought your little bundle home. By now you may feel exhausted from long nights and learning how to care for your baby. Parenting is hard work and newborns can take everything out of you which makes it so important to fill up your tank with some self care for moms. You can only serve others from an empty cup for so long before you can become tired, irritable, and depressed. When you take some time to take care of yourself you are able to recharge and feel better so you can be the best mom that you can be.
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#1 Take Time to Eat and Hydrate
This may seem like a no-brainer, but as a foggy new mom it can be easy to care so much about feeding your baby and getting them to sleep that you forget to eat and drink. Quick handheld snacks are great for new moms because they allow you to eat on the go and leave your other hand free. Muffins, energy balls, and smoothies are great snacks that can give you the nutrients you need to power you through the day.
Freezer meals are also a lifesaver. If you’re still pregnant you can cook up a storm to have a stockpile for after baby comes, or if you’re postpartum you can ask family and friends who are wanting to help out to make you some meals for the freezer. This way you don’t have to think about what to make then go to the grocery store and cook, all you have to do is turn on the oven, pop the dish in and eat a hot meal once its ready.
Hydration is equally important, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Make sure you’re drinking at least 2-4 litres of water a day. That may sound like a lot, but when you’re producing milk for a little human it takes a lot of the water out of you, and you need some water for you too!
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#2 Sleep and Shower
Yes, everyone says sleep while baby sleeps, and while that would be ideal to get as much sleep as possible, it isn’t always practical. Sometimes nap time can be the only time you have to do the laundry, clean, and/or make some food, so when exactly are you supposed to get some sleep? If you have anyone that you trust who is willing to help out or just want to visit baby you can utilize them so you can get some zzzz’s. Feed your baby and pass them off so you can sleep until next feeding time while they hang out with baby and put them down for a nap.
Still can’t sleep? Make time for a shower. A shower is relaxing and a great way to freshen up and recharge even when you’re running on 3 hours of sleep. Utilize nap time, or pop that baby in a swing so you can give yourself a bit of a mental break and freshen up so you can feel clean and energized to keep taking care of that baby.
#3 Let Your Body Heal
Your body just went through a major change over 9 months with quite the trauma delivering your baby. It’s going to take time to heal. Don’t push yourself too hard, and don’t be down on yourself for holding on to the baby weight and/or having loose skin. It took 9 months to get your body to where it is now, I think it’s only fair to allow yourself at least 9 months to recover your postpartum body.
That’s not to say we’re going to get our old bodies back. Pregnancy and birthing create immense change in your body, hello tiger stripes, and our bodies are likely to never be the same again and that’s ok. Whether you’re full of stretch marks, have loose skin, or floppy boobs you are rocking a new mom body and need to own it. It’s incredible what our bodies can do and we should be proud of it, tiger stripes and all.
#4 Communicate Openly
You have so many hormones going through you, you can’t help but be emotional and kind of irrational, that’s just the way it is. Motherhood is also really hard, and whether you’re flipping out at something silly or justifiably upset about something your family member did you need to be able to talk about it. Ideally that person would be your partner, but not everyone is in an ideal situation and a family member or friend can be a great person to confide in; mom groups are also a great way to meet new moms going through some of the exact same things!
You also need to be able to ask for help. Sometimes it can be as small as asking someone to open a door for you, or as big as watching the baby for you or making you a meal. You don’t have to do this alone, and it’s ok to ask for help.
#5 Have Me Time Doing Something You Love
After your basic needs have been met one of the best ways to recharge with some mom self care is to do something you love for a little me time. This looks different for everyone and could be grabbing your favourite takeout and watching your favourite show, going for a walk with a friend, or if you’re like me having a little personal spa time with a great face mask, whatever your old self care routine was try and incorporate it into a weekly or monthly thing you can do for yourself.
I personally love having a bath with a good face mask and have been really impressed with Maskeraid’s line of beauty products. They have a face mask for everything including hydrating, detoxing, anti-aging (because we know having kids creates wrinkles!), soothing, and more! The best part is all of their products are free of parabens, BHT, formaldehyde, phthalates, talc, and artificial fragrance and pigments. Check out Maskeraid if you’re like me and like having some at home spa time for some self care.
Congrats again mama! Make sure to take time for you and good luck with your journey into motherhood.