Well, the time has finally come. You're going to be a proud mom of an adorable little bundle soon enough! Congratulations, you will need some time to get used to new life change and everything that comes with being a new parent.
You've probably already prepared yourself to welcome your baby; you've eaten well, drank plenty of water, and visited the doctor.
But... The question of what to do once your baby arrives has been on the minds and lips of many expectant parents.
To help you we have compiled several tips for expecting mothers.
Tips for Expecting Mother’s
Tip #1 - Learn About Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression? Yes, it’s a thing. In fact, it’s one of the most common complications that can occur after childbirth.
After giving birth, many new moms experience the "baby blues," which are characterized by mood swings, crying fits, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues generally begin within the first two to three days after delivery and can continue for two weeks, or even longer.
You should not confuse postpartum depression with baby blues, as the symptoms are more intense and can interfere with your daily activities.
Postpartum depression signs and symptoms may include:
● Depressed mood or severe mood swings
● Excessive crying
● Difficulty bonding with your baby
● Withdrawing from family and friends
● Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
● And more
For more information, we recommend reading this article on Postpartum Depression and contacting your doctor.
Tip #2 - Don't Forget to do Gentle Exercises
We know that with the birth of your child, you'll have less time for yourself and less time to exercise. However, doing gentle exercises are key to a successful post-pregnancy period. They help you get your body back in shape, make it easier to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy, and more importantly improve your mood.
Start by doing some simple stretches every day. You can also try walking, swimming, or doing yoga. Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
For more information, you will definitely want to check out this article on post-natal exercises.
Tip #3 - Stay Clean
During your pregnancy, you were probably told a million times to keep yourself and your baby clean. And we’re not going to stop telling you now that your baby is here.
It’s important to keep your baby clean, especially in the first few weeks and months of life when they are more susceptible to getting sick.
Your hygiene is very important too, especially if you are breastfeeding. Be sure to wash your hands often and keep yourself clean and free of bacteria. Ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a great option for those times when you can't get to a sink.
Tip #4 - Acquire a Bidet
A bidet's benefits are not limited to women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. The bidet will always be an excellent improvement in your hygiene and that of your family members.
However, a bidet can be a useful addition to your post-pregnancy hygiene routine. It helps you clean yourself more thoroughly after using the toilet and can reduce the number of bacteria on your skin.
Postpartum bleeding and discharge can be quite challenging and inconvenient after the baby's birth. The bidet offers a great cleaning solution. The gentle pressure of the water and the warm water spray allows for effective washing of stubborn blood and discharge. The relaxing spray can assist with healing and prevent infections from developing.
With how painful bending and wiping can be after giving birth, a bidet gives you everything you need to wash and dry the sensitive areas at a push of a button without the need for toilet paper. It truly makes a painful task an absolute breeze.
New moms can take some time to being as flexible as you were before giving birth. This is where the bidet can help. With a bidet, you don’t have to reach around anywhere to get yourself clean, all you have to do is push a few buttons and you’re done!
If you’re wondering what the perfect gift for a new mom would be, you guessed it. A bidet is the perfect post-partum gift – it shows that you care about her and it’s a gift that will keep on giving, for years to come.
We invite you to continue reading about "Bidets for Pregnancy and Postpartum" in our previous blog Here.
Tip #5 - You'll Want to Wear Comfortable Shoes and Clothing
It's time to go shopping!
Wearing comfortable clothing and shoes is critical when you're pregnant. Because your belly expands, so do your feet, owing to the natural increase in weight and gravity placing extra strain on your feet. In many cases, you can even retain fluid causing swelling in the feet and ankles. Shoes should have a good grip and be supportive.
In general, you should wear clothing that is comfortable and provides you with mobility. Pajamas and loose-fitting clothes are excellent and comfortable. Avoid tight clothing.
For more information, check out this article on the 27 best shoes for pregnancy.
Tip #6 - Find a Supportive Community
Find a supportive community of mothers who can offer you advice, support, and friendship as you adjust to life with a new baby. There are many online forums and mom groups available or consider taking a class such as postpartum yoga or breastfeeding. This can be a great way to meet other mothers and learn more about what to expect in the early weeks and months with a new baby.
What Else You Can do to Help Yourself
You will enjoy your new job as a mother far more if you take care of yourself and your child. For example:
● When the baby falls asleep, take a snooze - use those times to relax.
● Set aside fifteen minutes every day to unwind by reading a book or listening to music.
● Set aside time each day, even if it's only 15 minutes after the baby goes to sleep, to be alone with your spouse and talk.
● Spend time with your baby each day to enjoy her and encourage your spouse to do the same.
● When it comes to housekeeping and food, set your expectations a little lower - there will be time for that later. If visitors are stressing you out, limit their access for a while.
We hope that these tips will help you in your new role as a mother. There are many challenges that come with being a new mom, but there are also plenty of rewards. Take it one day at a time and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Enjoy this special time in your life!