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13 SELF-LOVE TIPS FOR NEW MAMAS
Brutal sleep deprivation mixed with heavenly newborn cuddles; one mighty sore and swollen body meets a love you’ve never felt before. And never mind your partner, other children, the house… and oh my #%$, where did all this washing come from?
Yes, the early days of motherhood are certainly one mother of a rollercoaster.
Whilst you fill your newborn days nourishing this tiny person and caring for a family. What happens to you? Mothers are natural givers, but become too depleted and you won’t have anything left to give.
Every new mama feels like she can’t give herself any time, the overwhelming responsibility for the life of this tiny person means you naturally put yourself firmly at the bottom of the pile. But a little self-care goes a long way, meaning you don’t just survive but thrive.
1. ALLOW YOURSELF TIME
The time shift of newborn life can come as a shock to many busy mamas. But see the slow-down that this new world forces on you as a gift. Allow yourself to lounge around with your baby, soak in those times with your newborn, and give yourself time to rest and recover.
2. ACCEPT HELP
As the saying goes, ‘It takes a village’. If people offer to help, TAKE IT. If people don’t offer to help and you need it, ASK FOR IT. People close to you will be waiting in the wings totally happy to help. Especially other mamas who have already been through these early days. Even if it’s just a home-cooked meal or 10 minutes to take a shower, don’t be afraid to ask.
3. BUY POSTPARTUM CLOTHES
As much as you crave to slip back into your favourite skinny jeans, don’t torture yourself trying to get straight into those pre-pregnancy clothes. It took nine months to grow the baby and it can take nine months to get back to your pre-baby shape again, if ever. So, treat yourself to some nice post-partum or breastfeeding clothes to make yourself feel comfortable and confident with what you are wearing each day.
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