2. What if a mom is too overwhelmed to even think about taking care of herself?
If you're feeling overwhelmed, there are four things to keep in mind:
- First, let go of your expectations—especially if you’re a first-timer. You don’t know what it’s going to be like to have a baby! This is the hardest time, so be super flexible in those first weeks and months. Literally take each day at a time, and don't stress about the future.
You also need to prioritize your own health from the get-go. You don’t have to do 10 amazing things for yourself every day—maybe just eat an apple one day. Bring your mind back around to “Oh yeah, me!”
- It's also important to celebrate the little victories. A load of laundry done - yay! I made the bed - yay! Recognize and celebrate the little joys, like taking a walk with baby on a beautiful day. Build some kind of fun into your day somehow, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, and even if you don’t have anyone to help you out at home. Eventually the baby does fall asleep!
- Finally, remember that it does get easier. Again, this is the hard part. Keep in mind that your hormones are going crazy right now, and accept that. Use all the help you can get. In these early months, the baby isn’t going to know that there’s a sitter there. Take advantage of it!
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