Childbirth is a journey that does not end with birth. It's important to remember that normality after pregnancy can take a bit of time to achieve. After all, you're adjusting to life with a new person.
Not to mention pregnancy takes a toll on your body. Your body needs at least six weeks to heal and longer if you had a C-Section.
That's why an essential first step to regaining normality is to know when to ask for and accept help.
When you're new to motherhood, everything can seem overwhelming at times. Between feeding every 3 to 4 hours, doctor's appointments, and lack of sleep, there's no time left to care for yourself. This isn't good for you or your baby.
If a family member is offering to help with the baby, take that time for yourself.
Grab a nap. Your body needs a certain amount of quality sleep to function correctly. If you feel like you're getting burned out, don't be ashamed to ask for help.
Give Yourself Time
After having a baby, it takes a long time to heal from the effects of pregnancy completely. For example, it can take your abs up to a year to recover. So don't be hard on yourself if you aren't back to your pre-pregnancy size yet.
Low impact exercises such as yoga, walking, or light weight lifting using hand weights can help your body heal faster. Exercising helps boost your mood and energy levels too. Be sure not to push your limits, though, or it can do more harm than good.
Before starting to exercise, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure your body is ready for it. If you feel uncomfortable doing any exercise, stop and give yourself a break.
Setting a Schedule
Humans are creatures of habit. We thrive on routines and schedules. That's why you should work on setting a plan as soon as you can.
When you have routines that you do every day, you and your baby know what to expect. This helps keep your baby happy and less fussy. You'll also have a better idea of how to calm your baby down if you have an established schedule.
Depression After Pregnancy
Postpartum depression is a real thing and can be pretty scary at times. Some symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings (not just sad)
- Reduced appetite
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to discuss them. Your doctor can help you work through this problem by prescribing medication or discussing other ways of dealing with these symptoms.
Finding What You Need
We hope this short guide to getting back to normality after pregnancy helped you on your journey through parenthood. Remember to be kind to yourself and listen to your body as it heals.
We can help supply you with the tools you will need in the coming months. Be sure to check out our Mom and Family products or learn more about pregnancy and other health topics on our blog.
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