Prioritizing self-care as a new mom is crucial for your well-being and the well-being of your baby. Here are some reasons why self-care for new moms is essential.
As a mom of three, I know the feeling of being burned out and trying to check everything off the to-list all too well. Add in a newborn and you’re up every hour or so for feedings and diaper changes. Trying to sleep when the baby sleep can be unrealistic especially if you have other kids.
Mama, you’re doing it all
It’s completely normal to be everything and more for your kids. You’ve always dreamt of becoming a mom and doing all the fun stuff such as extracurricular activities, holiday magic, and capturing all the sweet moments in between. I can definitely relate.
But, doing it all sometimes leads to feeling overwhelmed and you can feel like you just need a moment or two to breathe. And guess what? You do especially those first few weeks after childbirth because they can be intense. After all, having a baby is a major life event and requires a pretty intense transition period for you, your baby, and the entire family.
Why self-care for new moms is important?
Self-care isn’t selfish. Taking care of yourself allows you to be a better mom and enjoy your new role. It’s important that you prioritize your wants and needs first because you can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s not healthy.
Physical and emotional recovery
Giving birth and caring for a newborn can take a toll on your body and emotions. Prioritizing self-care can help you recover physically and emotionally.
Reduces stress and anxiety
Being a new mom can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Taking care of yourself can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can have a positive impact on your mental health.
Improves breastfeeding success
Self-care can also help improve your breastfeeding success. Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest can all help increase your milk supply.
Models healthy behaviors
By prioritizing self-care, you’re modeling healthy behaviors for your child. This can help set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle for your child as they grow up.
Increases energy and focus
Taking care of yourself can also help increase your energy and focus, which can make it easier to care for your baby and perform daily tasks.
10 practical ways you can prioritize self-care as a new mom
Taking care of yourself is important not only for your own well-being but also for your baby’s. It’s essential to make self-care a priority in your daily routine. Here are some practical things you can do daily or weekly to prioritize self-care as a new mom so that you can keep your cup filled.
Schedule time for yourself
Create a plan that works for you and make sure you stick to it. This could mean taking 30 minutes each day to relax or dedicating a certain time to exercise.
Take a shower
I have to admit that finding 10-15 minutes to slip away for a shower when you have a newborn isn’t easy. Use the time when the baby is napping, your spouse is home, or you have visitors to take a quick shower so that you can feel refreshed. Even bringing the baby’s bouncer or swing in the bathroom with you works so that you can keep an eye on them while receiving an instant psychological boost.
Put on fresh clothes
All over social media, you’ll see moms bragging about not showering in days or wearing the same sweatshirt and leggings day after day. While this may happen especially in those first few weeks you’re postpartum, it doesn’t have to be your norm. How you show up for yourself has a direct effect on your mood.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Even if your baby is keeping you up at night, try to get as much rest as possible. Ask your partner or family members for help with childcare so you can take a nap or go to bed early.
Taking breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and reduce stress. You could take a walk outside, listen to music, or read a book. Remember that it’s okay to take a break from your baby occasionally.
Eat well and take your vitamins
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important for your energy levels and overall health. Try to eat a variety of foods and stay hydrated. Also, don’t forget to keep taking those prenatal vitamins postpartum to help your body replenish.
Connect with others
Connecting with other new moms can help you feel less isolated and provide emotional support. Join a mom’s group (in-person or virtually, talk to other moms at the park or playground, or connect online.
Seek help when needed
It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Reach out to family members or friends for support, or consider hiring a babysitter or nanny to give you a break.
Write out your thoughts and goals
Just because you’re a mom, that doesn’t mean you have to put any goals on the back burner. Yes, it may be a little harder to reach now, but you don’t have to give them up completely. Be sure to review them regularly to ensure you stay on track.
Outsource your chores
While you’re adjusting to life with a newborn, you may find that some chores take a lot longer to complete. Consider outsourcing those time-consuming tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, and/or cleaning.
Remember, taking care of yourself doesn’t mean neglecting your baby. It’s essential to find a balance between caring for your baby and caring for yourself. By prioritizing self-care, you’ll be better equipped to care for your baby and enjoy your new role as a mom. They deserve it and so do you.
What are some ways you’re prioritizing self care as a new mom?