If you have just welcomed home your first little bundle of joy, you are probably feeling an overwhelming and sometimes unwelcome mix of emotions. Perhaps you thought that you would be swallowed up by an all-consuming cloud of unconditional love. Or maybe you thought that you’d feel an immediate bond with this new tiny human being in your life. It’s ok if you don’t feel like this. Giving birth can be traumatic, physically and mentally. Your hormones and emotions are all over the place, and you need time to adjust. The baby blues are a common affliction for any new mom. Take a look at how you can overcome them and manage your heightened emotions in an effective way.
It sounds simple, but by eating a balanced and nutritious diet, you are giving your body exactly what it needs. Revitalizing your vitamin and mineral levels, eating plenty of vegetables and opting for hearty home-cooked grub to replenish your energy can enhance your mood and lift any negative clouds you feel might be closing in. Junk food, while appealing, will see your sugar levels spike, only to then see your energy levels drop massively leaving you feeling sluggish and irritable; not great for new moms.
While you might not feel up to it immediately after giving birth, it’s a good idea to get physically active again as soon as possible. This doesn’t mean training for a marathon and heading to the gym a week after returning home from the hospital. Take your time, and enjoy heading outdoors for a stroll with your new little one. Natural light and greenery are well-known ways to lift mood, maintain our body clocks and keep us feeling alert. You will feel tired as a new parent. Everybody does, but this doesn’t mean you have to remain cooped up indoors all day every day. Your partner’s, as well as your own mental health, may begin to suffer, so it’s vital that you can break up the monotony of your new routine.
You may seek solace in your partner, a family member or a friend, but if you find things getting a little too much, talk. Airing your problems can be a huge stress reliever. A problem shared really is a problem halved. It will also be encouraging to know that you won’t be the only parent in history that is feeling low. Your partner may also be struggling to adjust to another human being. Being responsible for a baby takes some getting used to, and you need to remember that you are only just starting to find your feet. If you are really struggling to cope, make an appointment to see your doctor and seek medical advice.
Remember, becoming a new mom isn’t a walk in the park. You will feel love for your child, you will protect them with your life, and you will endeavor to do everything within your power to provide for them. But you also might feel low, moody and out of sorts. It’s ok. The journey through motherhood needs to be taken slowly, and you will come out the other side feeling powerful, happy and optimistic.