5 Self Care Tips for New Mamas

 

You’ve recently had a baby and experienced a shift in your lifestyle. Time you’ve once had all to yourself is now being shared, if not dedicated, to caring for your proudest little creation. In doing so, you may have forgotten how to take care of yourself the way you once did. Here are 5 things you can do to not only improve your self care, but make you feel a whole lot better.

1. Dress Your Best
Remember the first day of the school when you felt invincible as you rocked the perfect outfit through the halls? That’s the feeling you’re aiming for here. You look good, you’ll feel good. Toss the maternity clothes aside and take an extra bit of time to find that outfit that highlights all the right places.

2. Find A Good Support System
Whether it be hiring a mother’s helper, staying in touch with your parents, or joining a local mom’s group, you want to create an outlet that allows you to express your feelings and ask for help. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you have people that back and support you.

3. Take a Shower
This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many new mothers forget to do this. Taking a shower isn’t necessarily at the top of your priority list anymore, but it makes all the difference in the way you feel. Find time to take one when baby is asleep or if they are awake, bring the baby swing or bouncer into the bathroom and talk/sing to baby as you shower.

4. Put Good Food Into Your Body
Eat real food, not processed or fast food. We hear this all the time, and yes, the box of cookies is starring you right in the eyes, but your body will thank you. You’ll have more energy, lose the baby weight, and feel healthier overall.

5. Take Time For Yourself
Whether it be going for a walk, visiting the beauty salon, or sitting alone for 5 minutes, it is important for your sanity that you find time where you are alone with yourself. Find a relative, friend, or sitter to watch baby and take the time to recharge your batteries and remember who you are.

Do’s and Don’ts of Newborn Care

doula service babyTips for handling a newborn

  • Do: Wash your Hands (or use a sanitizer) before handling baby. Since Newborns are susceptible to infections because they do have not have a strong immune system, it is crucial that anyone who handles an infant wash their hands.
  • Do: Support both the neck and head when handling a newborn. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
  • Don’t: Place your newborn to sleep on their belly. Always place a baby on its back. This will help them maintain a good sleeping posture and is the best precaution against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Do: Practice Skin to Skin. Studies have shown there are important benefits of practicing skin to skin for babies and for mom (and dad!) after birth and in the weeks following. Find out more about skin to skin and baby wearing
  • Do: Join your local mom’s group.  Come to ours – Free!  Every Wednesday at 12:30.