It is a known fact that the weeks after a woman gives birth are overwhelming as she has to adjust to a new life altogether. She finds it difficult to cope as a new mother as she has just gone through a 9-month phase of mood swings, extreme fatigue, aversion to certain foods and many more symptoms. Then comes the after-birth phase of childcare, body changes, emotional stress… a surreal phase.
What then are the tips to cope as a new mother? Read on for a few tips compiled just for you.
Stock your kitchen
Prepare food in large quantities and stock up the freezer with foodstuff and ingredients when you have the strength to do so. This way, there will be food available even when you’re feeling exhausted. This also applies to women who are pregnant.
Keep a change of clothes ready at all times
Ensure to leave clothes in rooms where your baby might be during the day. This way, you wouldn’t have to be caught off-guard when he needs a change of diapers. Your baby might also be crying with other things needing your attention at the same time and you would have to be in a proper frame of mind to pick new clothes.
A lot of people, especially mothers feel guilt when it seems like they are doing nothing helpful or meaningful. This applies to women who are used to multitasking.
However, you do not have to feel guilty as a mother who is still learning the ropes. You can try activities like catching a nap, watching a movie, reading your favourite book or other interesting things while your baby is asleep. This way you would be ready to tackle the next step when he comes awake.
Surround yourself with people who are ready to listen and provide support. No matter what the situation might look like, you definitely cannot do the work alone as a new mother. Learn to ask from help from your spouse, relatives and friends.