The thing about having a newborn in the house is that you don’t have enough time. There are not enough hours in the day to take care of your baby’s needs, housework and yourself. When it becomes apparent that you need to ‘budget’ your time, the first one to go out is you. But, as a new mom, it’s very important that you take care of yourself and your baby! Here are a few tips that will help you take care of yourself as you adjust to this new role in your life:
Everyone knows the benefits of massaging your little one but now, more than ever, you need the soothing, pampering and relaxing effects that a massage offer to you! Lifting, carrying, soothing, rocking and feeding your baby throughout the day have likely had an adverse effect on your muscles. Your muscles are no doubt tense from all the work that they have to put in.
Ask your partner for a massage which will help soothe and relax you. Firm strokes along your shoulders, arms, lower back, thighs, and calves will be very beneficial to you. Using massaging oil or a gentle lotion will help make the massage smoother and more comfortable.
If you’re breastfeeding, you run a great risk of being dehydrated. Dehydration can wear you out, without you even realising it. Remember to drink plenty of water, and even consider omitting caffeinated beverages if you suspect that your baby is reacting to it.
Drinking plenty of water is the easiest way to make sure you stay hydrated. It is recommended that you drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. A great trick to make sure you drink enough water is to drink a glass of water every time you sit down to feed your little one. Avoid eating heavy foods like burgers or pizza, instead, opt for lighter foods that not only give you a higher nourishment value but are also rich in moisture like fruits or certain vegetables and nuts.
Remember that your skin needs moisture too. Take care of your skin as well as relax with a bath or a shower. In addition to a relaxing shower or a bath, make sure to use a gentle and moisturizing cleanser to keep your skin feeling baby soft. Applying moisturizer to your damp skin after a shower or a bath helps seal in moisture better.
If you have had a caesarean section, ask your health care provider for proper instructions for baths and showers while you heal.
Waking up in the middle of the night to change or feed your baby can really take a toll on your sleeping schedule. While you may not be able to get a full night’s rest anytime soon, you can try and make the best of any opportunity that you do get, to take a little nap!
Try to avoid caffeinated beverages after lunch and make sure to keep you room as noise free as possible. Don’t treat your baby’s nap-time as chore time for you. Rather take a nap when you’re baby does. Not only will this help you catch up with your sleep, but it will make sure that you are well rested and not tired or drowsy when you are taking care of the little one.