There is nothing more wonderful than welcoming a new baby into the world, but we know that the first few months for a new mum can be tough. You’re trying to do it all and it can all become a little too much leaving you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Don’t worry there is hope! Unfortunately, nights of deep, unbroken sleep are going to remain a longed-for luxury for a while yet, but here are some survival tactics you can adopt...
Take your time
Enjoy this special time with your baby. You don’t need to be rushing to get the housework done or trying to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes. The first few months should be about taking time out and bonding with your baby. Let others take care of you while you take care of the little one.
Take a shower
It may sound simple but getting up in the morning and taking five minutes for a shower will help set you up for your day. You may not have had the best night’s sleep but you can fool your body into thinking you have. You will feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
We know it’s important to keep in contact with friends and family but don’t over-do it, it can be exhausting in itself having people round but even more-so when you have a new born. Keep visitors to a minimum, and if you do have people round make sure they’re helping out. Get them to bring dinner or wash the pots and pans that have been there all day!
Get out with the baby and on your own. The fresh air will do you good and it only has to be for an hour or so. Take a walk or a trip to the shops, it will make you feel rejuvenated and awake.
Sleep whenever you can.
It’s true what they say, sleep when your baby sleeps! If your baby is having an afternoon nap so should you. The dishes can wait. Sleep is a necessity, especially for new mums so get 40 winks whenever you can.
Take care of yourself too
Don’t forget about yourself. Whether it’s a hot bath or half an hour reading a book just make sure you take some ‘me’ time. Give the little one to your partner or family member and it will make all the difference.
Cut yourself some slack
It’s ok if you don’t love every aspect of parenting. That does not make you a bad parent but rather a real person! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to admit to yourself that you are new at this. If you ask for help and advice, you won’t look stupid or inadequate. In fact, just the opposite – you’ll look like an engaged mum trying to learn all she can.
Even though you may be in a hurry to lose those pregnancy pounds, regularly eating foods that boost energy levels will give you the stamina you need. Here are some energy boosting foods that you can incorporate into your daily life that will give you that little pick me up mid-afternoon:
· Bananas – rich in potassium and will keep your sugar levels stable. They will also give you an instant boost!
· Wholegrains – wholemeal toast is prefect for breakfast as it releases energy slowly throughout the day keeping you feeling energised for longer.
· Eggs - a great source of protein that will give you sustainable energy throughout the day
· Dark chocolate - our favourite of the list! It’s a great source of iron and magnesium and will keep your energy levels up.
So, there you have it our top tips to beat new mum exhaustion! Don’t forget it goes by in the blink of an eye so cherish every moment you have with your baby and make the most of it! Do you have any tips to share with us? We would love to hear from you.