New Mum? Here’s Your Self-Care Goodness Routine
Becoming a mum for the first time is undoubtedly an uniquely exciting and overwhelming roller-coaster ride. Amidst all that, looking after yourself is vital as you are now doing so much more. Indeed, caring for your baby calls on all your resources, physical, mental and emotional. So, it is necessary for new mums to practise self-care to cope with the changes and embrace goodness, mentally and physically.
Mental well-being is the cornerstone of self-care
Almost all women experience some level of emotional weariness after having a baby. This period can feel incredibly overwhelming and be isolating as they wrestle with the enormity of becoming a mother, the impact of birthing and the hormonal changes that occur in the body. This feeling may last between a few days to few weeks. Some women may even suffer from PTSD following a traumatic birth. Self-care begins in the mind and to ignore a new mother’s mental well-being is to fundamentally ignore the biggest building block to her overall happiness and capacity to care.
There are many things that can be done to rejuvenate yourself as a new mommy. The best way is to set small realistic goals that are achievable. Getting enough sleep, nutrition and exercise is half the battle won. Ease back into work, cut down on chores and errands, and cut down on the use of social media. Other self-care ideas include practising yoga, reading a book, meditating, or writing in/contributing for a journal, etc. Remember, it's all about what makes you feel better- mentally and emotionally. So, do whatever takes you closer to your goals.
As a new mom you need tasty, nutritious food and sufficient hydration. The body is recovering from pregnancy and birth, so it needs protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals to heal. Moreover, these nutrients are vital for your emotional health and mental well-being. To that end, you must avoid processed food and all forms of refined carbohydrates as they are stripped of the nutrients, bran and natural fibre.
So, how do you make that happen? Firstly, and most importantly, get your groceries delivered. This way, you save the time and energy spent in walking around the supermarket and use it to prepare a well-cooked nutritious meal at home. Stock up your refrigerator with finger foods and other quick, healthy things you can snack on like fruits and sprouted grains. Now is also the time to challenge traditional roles. If you have been the cook at home till now, it’s time for others in the house to oversee that task.
Put your phone down or plug it into the charger in another room because it’s time to get yourself some quiet peaceful time. If you are feeding your baby, just focus on that or allow yourself to daydream. For at least one of your baby’s naps, don’t do anything. You must give your brain some rest. For that, you could also play meditation music, read your favourite novel or just simply catch up on the missed episodes of your favourite show or web series.
Early days of parenthood are notoriously associated with sleep deprivation. But don’t be so harsh on yourself. After weeks of broken sleep, forgetfulness, extreme tiredness, you will be unable to operate at your best. Therefore, you must prioritise sleep and set up a proper bedtime routine for you and your little one. Do not hesitate to seek help with chores so you can ensure you get a good 8-hour slumber.
Meditation and exercise
You also need to get your body moving gradually. Light exercise and stretching will help you get your flexibility back, as pregnancy brings about a stiffness in the body. One of your baby’s naps can be in the stroller. Meditate as much as possible. It helps you connect with your inner self - keeping you rooted, and preventing you from getting consumed by the chaos.
Make basic self-care a part of your daily routine. And showers are not optional, they are a must! Get help from someone in the house who can watch over the baby while you get freshened. Make sure to maintain the hygiene of your breasts by rinsing them with water after feeding your baby - this will prevent the baby from any sort of bacterial infection. Lastly, don’t forget to trim your nails! Consider treating yourself with a spa session to relax and rejuvenate yourself. An easier way is to get beauty and spa treatments done at home.
Regular Healthcare Visits
You must not skip your periodical wellness checkups and dental cleaning sessions. You need to see the doctor just as much as your baby does. Try to align your baby’s doctor visits to yours. Set reminders for your next visit to the doctor. Also try to schedule your dentist and doctor visits when you have family in town.
Seize the moment and cherish the joys of motherhood to the fullest by reaping the benefits of goodness and self-care now. Your body is craving for it and your baby wants you to do it too.