4. Beat the baby blues
A combination of hormones and lack of sleep can make you feel sad and irritable 3 to 4 days after birth. However, following baby’s birth, it is normal for a woman to experience the “baby blues” which is characterized by feeling lonely, sad, tired, anxious, stressed or weepy.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust for help while you rest and collect yourself. Talking to someone about how you feel can also relieve some of your stress and anxiety.
If you feel sad and overwhelmed more than 2 weeks after the birth, speak to your doctor or midwife.
5. Take some exercise
Having a new baby doesn’t mean you should take less care of yourself! Gentle exercise can help lift your mood, boost your energy levels and get you back into shape more quickly.
Set a goal for a moderate-intensity exercise, like walking or swimming, for at least 30 minutes preferably every day.Start with a gentler activity level in the first few months, and increase it gradually.
Exercises to tone up your pelvic floor and tummy muscles after pregnancy will help your recovery after giving birth.
6. Get out of the house
Feeling cooped up inside the house is never a good idea. Try to do as much outdoor activities as you can. It can be as simple as an easy stroll at the park, a day at the beach, or a nice picnic with the family. It’s also good for your baby to be stimulated by the world outside.
If you’d like company, look for a group in your local area where new mums get together to walk and talk.
7. Avoid alcohol
Drinking alcohol may disrupt caretaking of the baby, and the alcohol that passed into the breast milk might adversely affect the baby.
Some studies show that exposure to alcohol in breast milk can result in continued disruption of active sleep in infants, and chronic exposure to alcohol can result in a slight deficit in motor development at one year of age. The safest advice is to stay away from alcohol if you’re breastfeeding. It passes into your breast milk and then onto your baby.
8. Check any medicines you take
Be extra cautious about the medicines that you take. If you’re breastfeeding, never take any medicines without telling your doctor or pharmacist before taking such medications. They’ll help you to choose the best option. Not all medicines can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Your ‘to do list’ for the first few month
This practical advice for new moms will help you to deliver the best for yourself and your baby. We’ve created a handy list of things to do now that baby has arrived. Read and print out our handy newborn baby checklist and use it to help you organise yourself.