Five Ways to look after yourself after having a baby

Self Care after giving birth is essential to look after your body as it has gone through a lot of changes throughout your pregnancy. It’s normal to feel like you don’t recognise your body due to the changes it has undergone. However, I want to remind you that there is no rush to go back to your previous shape, and it’s perfectly okay if you never do. Remember, your muscles have been stretched, and they need time to go back to where they once were. You have just brought a human life into the world, Mumma, you are amazing! Here are Five ways to look after yourself after having a baby

Self Care after giving birth

Sleep when baby sleeps

Having a newborn can be challenging, especially during the first six weeks of their life. If you’re a first-time parent, you might find it difficult to establish a routine and cope with the sleep deprivation that comes with it. It’s common for babies to wake up every two hours, and this can take a toll on your energy levels. To help yourself cope, try napping during the day when your baby sleeps. This will give you the much-needed rest you need to take care of yourself and little one.

Keep hydrated

Drinking hot tea or coffee will now be seen as a treat LOL. Instead, opt for a refreshing bottle of water that will not only keep you hydrated but also help you feel refreshed. You can carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go and sip from it whenever you feel thirsty. This way, you can ensure that you are getting enough fluids and staying healthy while taking care of your little one.

Get out for a walk.

Walking is not only a great exercise, but it also has wonderful benefits for your mental health. It can uplift your mood and alleviate stress, making you feel better both physically and mentally. Walking is a great way to socialise with friends and other mums you may have met during your pregnancy.

Ask for help

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, but it can also be overwhelming, especially for first-time mums. I remember feeling a lot of pressure to be the perfect mum and often felt guilty when I didn’t meet my own expectations. Looking back, I realise that I was putting too much pressure on myself and needed to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. They will be more than happy to help you out. You can ask them to come over and make you that hot cup of tea or coffee while you take a break.  They will be more than happy to hold baby while you take a quick nap, shower, or go for a walk alone.

If you find that you are struggling emotionally after having a baby this is not unusual and should pass after a few days but if you find this doesn’t happen please speak to your GP or Health Visitor.

Know you are enough.

Having a baby is mentally and physically exhausting, just recovering from labour day is a job in itself.  I was walking like John Wayne for weeks after having Grace! Your body has just gone through such a life changing experience, your thrown into this new world where even if this isn’t your first baby, every baby is different.  What worked last time might not work this time. All you need to know is you are enough, your best is enough, your love is enough.  Don’t compare yourself to any other mum, not even your own! You are on your journey and you’ve got this! The rewards of parenthood will always out way the most difficult of days.

These are just my Self Care after giving birth top 5 tips – How have you been look after yourself since having a baby? Let me know in the comments.


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