As a new mom or mom-to-be, you have probably read hundreds of articles and books on how to be the best parent you can be. You probably know which soothing methods to try when your baby is upset and how to change a diaper with your eyes closed. However, as a new mom, do you know how to take care of yourself after the baby comes?
New moms have it rough. With childbirth comes a lot of mixed emotions. On one hand you are happy with your new bundle of joy, while on the other hand you are most likely feeling overwhelmed and tired. Here are three things you need to do as a new mom right after birth. They will benefit your health and sanity greatly!
- Ask for help. Whether you are a first time mom or an expert mom, you need help. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. If you don’t feel comfortable with asking your family members to help out, you can always hire a postpartum doula. Having help in the very beginning can help you get the rest and alone time you need to recover.
- Get an adjustment. Your body just went through an incredible experience in the last 9-10 months. Things have definitely been moved around. It is very common for moms to experience sciatic pain, back pain, and headaches after giving birth. A chiropractor can help realign your spine and bring you pain relief.
- Get rest. We know you have probably heard the advice to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” While the advice may be cliché, it is very important. You may feel like you have a lot of energy, but your body needs the extra sleep to recover. You may feel like you need to keep up with cleaning and cooking on top of taking care of the baby, but the truth is you only have to worry about yourself and the baby. Make that your focus stays on you and your child so that you don’t stress yourself out.
Having a baby is a joyous time in every new moms’ life, it it can be very trying. If you do these three things after you give birth, you will enjoy your baby a lot more.
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