As a first-time mom, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. The middle of the night feedings, constant diaper changes, and sharing every waking moment with a newborn can be a lot to take in. But you can’t pour from an empty cup.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, you have a new life that depends solely on you. Don’t get bogged down with the mundane and be sure and reach out for help often - even when you think you’ve got it covered.
When there’s time, soak up that rare “me” time that seems so distant now.
How to Take Care of Yourself as a First-time Mom
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
If you feel like you’re not getting enough sleep, try sleeping when your baby does. Get in a nap while your baby is sleeping. It may not be the most ideal sleep schedule, but even 20 minutes will make you feel so much better.
Connect with Other Moms
It can be hard to go through motherhood for the first time. Find Facebook groups of first-time moms or look around your area for groups that meet in person. Talking to someone who is going through the same things can be a relief.
Buy Some New Clothes
Your maternity days are over. While your old clothes may not fit yet, that doesn’t mean you have to wear baggy clothing until they do. Grab a few new items from your go-to retail store. Wearing new clothes that give you a much needed boost in confidence.
Do something that is just for you. It’s easy to get trapped in the mundane feedings, changings and endless piles of laundry. But take some time to go get your hair done.
Schedule a date night out for an hour or two. The smallest things can make us all feel human again.
Make Time for You Every Day
Each and every day, you need to make time for yourself. After dinner, hand the baby off to your co-parent and take a few minutes for a hot shower and fresh clothes.
So many first-time moms lose themselves while trying to be the perfect mom. You can take care of yourself and still be a wonderful mother.
Self-care for first-time moms (or any mom for that matter) is so important. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you expect to take care of others? Whether you treat yourself to a box of your favorite chocolates or sleep whenever your baby does, self-care will make your days so much better.