You’ve spent nine months going through emotionally and physical changes. You’ve then gone through an unforgettable amount of painful hours and your baby is finally in your arms. You’ve had a couple of days to recover in hospital and now you’re home… normal life has resumed… or has it?
Everyone else has gone back into their normal daily routines. You on the other hand, have had a rollercoaster ride over the past nine months, your life and your body has changed beyond what it used to be, and you have a hungry, sleeping bundle of joy to look after!
It’s easy to get into a routine of changing, feeding, sleeping and waiting. You’re waiting for your newborn to demonstrate what they need from you next. But you need to stop for a minute and think.
What do you want to do next? You cannot spend the next 18 years waiting to see what your child wants from you – you need to get yourself back on the main tracks. So, sit down and make some plans.
Expand your routine
Start small and gradually expand your routine by including the following:
- Take your baby out for a walk
- Meet up with some of your friends
- Join a group – something like a postnatal or baby music group
- Organise a babysitter and take an hour or two out – even if you just go for a quiet coffee
Ask – and accept – help!
As a mother you will naturally want to do all you can for your baby, but you have to know when to stop, step back and let someone else give you a hand. If you feel you need help, don’t be afraid to ask – getting someone to watch baby whilst you have catch up on sleep or have a bath, can be bliss when you’re a new mum!