Motherhood is the best feeling you can have in your lifetime. Bringing a new life into the world is exhilarating. It is magical. But you will agree that childbirth is one of the hardest experiences of your life too.
The cries that won’t stop and the sleep you will never find always reminds you of the challenging nature of this experience.
The first few months of a child’s birth are the toughest in a mother’s life. Even if you have been preparing for it for months, parenting can still throw you in a loop. All you want to do is love, care for, and pamper your child, but it is not always easy.
But would not it be awesome for mothers to have some tips and tricks to follow and make parenting easier?
If you are up for these secrets, continue reading.
1. Try to stay active after a complicated delivery
C-section (cesarean section) can be a difficult time in a mother's life. Apparently, a C-section is an easier way to bring the baby to life (if all goes fine). However, after the baby's birth, mothers feel extreme weakness and difficulty walking and staying active. But some level of physical activity is essential mother's health.
Mothers with a cesarean section are prone to pressure sores, known by their common name bed sores.
Depending on the issue, you may develop stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, or stage 4 bedsores in areas under severe pressure. This happens when the body's weight pressures down on a point (tissue), blocking the blood supply to that area.
The oxygen deprivation in that area leads to muscle breakdown—hence you get bedsores.
Women in maternity wards and under home care must not develop pressure sores.
To ensure this, the family members must help the mother. They must help change their position whenever needed.
2. Share your responsibilities with your partner
Caring for your child without any help can be overwhelming and tiring too. Many mothers cannot recall the first few months after their baby’s birth because they had been so busy with home and baby responsibilities that they feel dazed.
The best way to pass this time is to share your duties with your partner. Design a shift schedule you both can adhere to. This way, the baby will have someone with them all the time, and you both can find time to sleep and rest for some time.
Parents need to plan in advance how they will take care of the baby once it is born. They have to plan to split the baby’s responsibility between each other so that no one feels isolated and compelled to do it alone. This coordinated effort is essential because parents must understand that the mother is still recovering from childbirth and cannot manage the baby on her own.
As a pair, they can divide the activities among themselves based on what they do best.
3. Establish a baby feeding schedule
Due to the overwhelming nature of caring for a baby and lack of sleep, you might not remember your baby’s food schedule.
You might overfeed or underfeed the baby. But, remember, this is not a test, so there is no need to keep everything in mind and make mistakes—unless you have a photogenic memory.
An easier way to manage baby feeding is to establish a schedule and keep a journal. You can enter details such as how much milk your baby consumes in one day, how many times you should feed the baby, and when was the last time your baby had food.
You can also mention your baby’s sleep schedule, the frequency and hours of sleep, and their sleep-to-wake pattern. When meeting your pediatrician, you can take this journal and discuss the baby’s routine with your doctor.
With everything written down, your doctor can quickly pinpoint anomalies and prescribe remedial measures.
Your journal will not only help you remind you about your baby’s sleep and feeding. It will also help when someone else, such as the baby’s grandparents, or a caregiver, is babysitting.
If you are a tech-savvy mom, you can find a lot of apps designed for this purpose. But still, nothing can beat the old pen and paper duo.
4. Do not neglect your diet
Think about it, how will you care for your baby if you are not healthy yourself?
It is easy to forget your food and health between your baby’s feeding and sleeping routine. You have to understand that you are not yet your old self; your body just went through a major transformation and is still in the recovery phase.
Most importantly, you are exhausted, sleep-deprived, and stressed.
On top of that, your baby demands your attention and care for hours on end. So, even if food is not the first thought on your mind right now, It should be.
You must pamper your body and keep it nourished with ample hydration and nutrients to fulfill your mommy duties.
5. Forget about unhealthy food
Eating does not mean you can eat anything. The more we emphasize this, the better; you only need healthy food.
Eating just a few cookies, guzzling down a crisper burger deal, and gulping down a can of soda devastate your health and your baby’s.
Even if binging on ready-made snacks seems like an easy way out and the most attractive option. You must still avoid and choose healthier options, such as salads, fruits, and prepped meals.
Your body needs a healthy diet for recovery and breastfeeding efforts. If you don’t have a family member to help prepare meals, hire a chef temporarily for a few months until you are healthy enough to do it on your own.
Giving birth to a baby is just the start of a very demanding period of your life.
Once you are through the birthing period and land into the caregiving period, you will feel that the former was much easier than the latter. Though both are demanding periods of your life, in the case of caregiving, you have to care for a new life, too, which is entirely dependent on you.