Many new moms concentrate on one thing, and that is taking care and looking after their new born baby. After all, they have just given birth to a little one that is completely helpless and reliant on you to take care of them. It certainly is a big responsibility. However, the very best way you can look after your new baby is to look after yourself too. The better you take care of yourself during this time, the better you will be able to take care of your baby.
You must not forget that throughout your pregnancy and whilst giving birth your body has been through a lot. Therefore, you must give it a chance to get back to normal afterwards. Do not expect your stomach to be flat straight away, in fact you can expect a little flab there for a few months afterwards. Don’t feel worried or bad about yourself if it takes a while to get back into shape.
A new born baby does need constant attention, and you will find yourself awake at least 3-4 times a night, therefore you are going to be tired. Instead of trying to fight the tiredness, try and nap throughout the day. When your baby sleeps, you can sleep too.
After giving birth you should also try and eat a balanced and varied diet. Eating foods that are rich in iron like wholemeal bread, beans and pulses, and leafy green vegetables can help to give you more energy. You should also try and consume products that are rich in vitamin C as this will help your body absorb more of the iron.
Don’t forget, just because you now have a baby to look after it doesn’t mean you have to be supermom. If friends and family offer to help don’t be too proud to accept it. You are not letting yourself or your baby down by letting other people help you whilst you get some rest.