All the planning and predictions don't actually give you the real picture of having a new baby. You have heard about the sleepless nights, colic, dirty diapers and feeding that takes up an entire day and night. The only way you will really understand the picture, is when your baby actually joins your life.
Your whole day schedule and routine will change when that cute little thing is part of the picture. Your house will not be as organized and clean right away, and you may find your self having difficulty getting out with all the preparing and packing. This is all normal.
As you have recently endured a physically traumatic experience of giving birth, you may not feel the effects right away. Your hormones are fluctuating and adjusting, and after a few days you may experience baby blues. These feelings usually creep up about five or six days after birth.
Many mothers are recovering from birth related pains due to surgery, stitches and cramping. You may be trying hard to breast feed for the first time, coupled with sleep deprivation. Your spouse is probably exhausted to, trying to help you keep up with the housework.
Having a baby is a joyful occasion that is not easy but gets better, as you get into a routine and recover from birth. By the time your baby is six weeks old, you probably will find yourself in a calmer and more stress Free State.
When caring for a newborn, the days and nights may seem endless. It is important for your physical and mental health to get out of the house with your baby for fresh air. Make sure you and your baby are dressed appropriately for the weather, and pop your baby in his baby stroller to enjoy a change of scenery outdoors. The fresh air clears your mind, and the lull of the baby stroller will soothe your baby and may put him to sleep for a few hours. As you stroll out with the baby stroller, meeting and talking to neighbors with kids, will give you some support as a new mother. You may forge new friendships once you have a child, which is important for your emotional health.
Make sure you eat well, especially if you are breast feeding. Drinking a lot of fluids, keeps you hydrated and energized throughout the day. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the baby, when you really need it. Your spouse, friends or relatives may be thrilled to spend time with your little treasure, while you rest or tend to household chores.
Don't forget that your baby needs a healthy mother. The first six weeks are crucial while you regain your strength. Eat well, try to get sleep while your baby is sleeping, and recruit help when needed. In the long run, you won't regret it.