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04 Jan '16

Super Mom: Dealing with the Stress for First Time Mommies

Posted by Pebbles Weitekamp

Motherhood is such a rewarding experience. You created such a beautiful being. Everything about them is perfect. But, it can be scary. Especially for first-time mothers. You may have find yourself asking, "What if I do it wrong?"

Some say that if you start worrying than you are carrying. Here are a few tips to consider to help you after giving birth to a bundle of joy for the first time.

Don't be Afraid to Have Some Me Time

It's only natural to put your baby first, as you should. But that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with caring for yourself, too. Don't neglect yourself.

If you don't have any helpers at home to relieve you from mommy duties, make the most out of your baby's nap time. Yes, it is ideal to watch over your precious baby even if he or she is asleep but you have to take that opportunity to have your very own 'me' time. In the long run, you will thank yourself for it.

Stretching yourself too thin too regularly can lead to exhaustion. Have a movie on-hand to watch, get in some exercise, have a satisfying bath, give yourself a mani/pedi, or take a nap, too. Whatever it is that will allow you to breathe and relax, do it while the little angel is asleep.

Take Care of Your Lower Back

Your lower back ligaments are stretched during your pregnancy, not to mention the muscles are pulled forward as your child grows inside. After giving birth, your back could usually benefit from some TLC. Embrace exercises which your lower back could benefit from.

Helping your back get into tip-top shape will help you feel better, boost confidence, and support you to be the best mom that you can be.

Do Not be Afraid to Ask for Help

If help is available, do not be afraid to ask for it. Maybe you have a friend, a trusted neighbor, or a family member who is willing to help you take care of your baby. Take advantage of it.

Do not deprive yourself with the things you used to do before you welcomed your babe into the world. Allow your trusted contacts to babysit your child for a few hours so you could take a rest or unwind with a few friends or go out on a date with the hubby.

These activities could help you realign and have a sound mind. Your baby knows when you are stressed. Relaxing when you can creates an infinite loop of happy mom, happy baby.

Do Some Planning

Set goals to get little rewards out of each day. Write out your plans or routines for the day or the week. Plan some meals, a workout routine, work, errands, family activities, etc. Balance your time between mommyhood and self-wellness.

While planning out your routine, don't forget a schedule for your little one as well. Babies love routine. Strategize the perfect nap, bath, and feeding time.

As a mother, it is normal to get stressed from time-to-time. You're a mom. You're the center of someone's universe. Understand that stress is normal and don't allow it to overwhelm you. Balance your life in harmony with your child's. Balancing "me time" with motherhood will lead to a healthy, happy life for both you and your family.

Congrats on being a mom. You rock!

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