Tips for New Moms

Tips for New Moms

Tips for New Moms

Preparing to have your first baby can be exciting, but let’s be honest, you might also feel a little overwhelmed. From the moment you notice early signs of pregnancy, you may have concerns and questions about the physical and emotional changes you see and feel. When you are wondering what’s coming next for you and your baby, there are many resources available… books, on-line blogs, and local moms happy to share their experiences… but some basic pregnancy tips might help you feel prepared for the changes ahead.

Prenatal Prep

  • As soon as you suspect that you might be pregnant, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. The sooner you start getting prenatal care, the healthier you and your baby will be throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
  • Your OB/GYN can give you advice regarding pregnancy diet and exercise, regular checkups, and can even suggest maternity education classes at a local hospital to prepare for labor, delivery, breastfeeding, and infant care. 
  • Ask questions! If you have a question or concern, call your doctor. OB/GYN doctors and nurses have heard it all, so don’t be embarrassed. It is always better to err on the side of caution – and the doctor and nurses may alleviate your worries.

Welcome Home

You spend 9 months of pregnancy anticipating the excitement and joy of welcoming a new baby into your family, but when you come home from the hospital, you may be surprised by the reality you face in the first few weeks and months.

  • Try to keep your expectations in check. Depending on your labor and delivery experience, you may be feeling sore, exhausted, or overwhelmed. The idea of hosting a welcome party to celebrate the day you come home might have sounded like a great idea, but you need to give yourself and your new little family a chance to settle in first.
  • Accept help. If family and friends are offering to make meals or stop by to help you with some household chores, take advantage of their kindness. It’s tempting to try to do everything yourself, but the first few days at home can be exhausting.
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps. When your baby is safely napping, take the opportunity to get some rest yourself. Waking up every few hours to feed your baby throughout the night can make you feel sleep-deprived.  If your baby is taking a bottle, allow your spouse or willing family member to take one of the nighttime feedings.
  • Take care of yourself. Even though you may not feel like it, try to eat balanced, nutritious meals, healthy snacks, and drink lots of water.
  • Exercise lightly when your doctor allows it. Just walking around the block with your baby in a stroller can energize you.
  • Ask for emotional support when you need it.  Having a new baby to take care of can be stressful at times, but if you are feeling anxious, depressed, sad, or irritable for more than just a few days, please talk to your doctor. Postpartum depression is more common than you might think and your physician can help you through it. Your emotional and mental health is just as important as your physical health.

More than anything, be kind and patient with yourself as you adjust to your role as a mother. Enjoy the special moments with your baby as you both discover a new, exciting world.