Having a baby is a massive change and a massive strain physically, emotionally and mentally! It’s so completely worth it but it really is one of those times in life when you need as much help as you can get.
Having had 2 babies now I thought I would share my top tips for surviving those first few months:
- Stock up your freezer before you give birth with healthy, nutritious meals, so you don’t have to worry about cooking every day. Use online shopping – it means you can shop when you want and have it delivered.
- Buy in easy to make and eat snacks and foods – for example items to make sandwiches with, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, nut butters, eggs, baked beans, tuna, ham, cheese, cereal.
- If friends offer to help ask them to prepare you a meal or come and help by hanging out the washing or holding baby whilst you sleep.
- Nap when the baby naps – this can be hard to do as there is so much else to catch up on but sleep really is important.
- Get out and get some fresh air daily, even if its just a 10 minute walk, it will boost your mood and keep you active. When you are ready try a postnatal exercise class or DVD like our one here.
- Make sure you don’t skip meals and that you drink plenty of fluids. Include wholegrain starchy carbohydrate and plenty of fruit on vegetables in your diet as well as protein. You need to keep your energy levels up.
- Try and get in tune with your baby and their needs. Usually they will form their own little routine of eating, being awake and active then sleeping. Along with nappy changes of course!
- Try not to fit too much into a day. It can overstimulate baby and tire you out too! Not a great combination.
- Remember to look after YOU – find some time for something to do without baby each week.
I hope that gives you some tips. Being a mum is the best and the hardest job 🙂