The life of a new mom takes a drastic shift immediately after the baby is born. For some, the lifestyle changes begin once one realizes they are pregnant. An expectant mother embraces lifestyle changes that are good and contribute to her well-being. However, for some, the changes are not as positive as they would wish them to be. A mother may direct all her energy to the preparation of the baby and forget about her own well-being. She stops living her life and even gives up some of her passion as she waits for the birth of her new born. Once the baby is born, the roles of taking care of the new born and her home are so overwhelming that it may lead to self-neglect. Taking some time to take care of herself becomes a hard nut to crack, and soon the signs of neglect and lack of personal hygiene start to show.
Being a new mother does not leave any room for self-neglect. You need to strike a balance between nursing the baby and taking good care of yourself. If you find that there are not enough hands to help you around, approach a confinement centre to find out how they can help you through this intense period. It is important that you maintain a balance in your life to keep both your mental and physical health well. Here are simple tips that will help you adjust to the new lifestyle and give yourself the care that you deserve.
Take time for a cosy shower
The baby may demand your attention 24/7. You may realize that the day is already over and you have not even taken a shower. The baby may keep you so preoccupied you just do not have the chance to jump into your bath tub for a cosy shower. That is still no excuse for not taking a shower. Train your confinement nanny to take care of the baby in your absence to give you a peace of mind. That way you can afford to soak yourself in your bath tub and enjoy that bath. Your body will thank you later.
During your postnatal period, you will realize that the clothes that used to fit so well are now too small for your bulging belly. Do not force yourself into those poorly fitting clothes. The clothes will not bring out the best in you and will work against your self-esteem. Before you go for your delivery, remember to shop for postnatal clothes as you shop for your baby’s clothes. Get clothes that accentuate your features and bring the best out of you. You can even talk to a tailor who can pop in your house once in awhile and take your new measurements. That way you can get clothes just tailored to suit your new body.
Get Salon and spa services
The fact that you are a new mom does not leave room for unkempt hair chipped and broken nails. Your hair requires as much attention as it did before your baby came. Before you go for your delivery, take the time to visit a salon and get pampered. Make your hair, get that beautiful manicure and pedicure. After the baby comes, make arrangements for house calls. Talk to hair dressers around Singapore and negotiate a realistic charge for their services. They can visit your home to your convenience and offer their services in the comfort of your home.
Pursue your interests
Just because your baby is here does not mean you stop being you. You may not have all the time to pursue your interests and hobbies but set some time aside and do the things that you love. If you love playing the piano, do not just give it up. Sneak to your study room once in awhile and take the keys away. The music will also help you relax and focus. If you love writing like, set some time aside and let the pen glide on.
Your postnatal body will need some working on to get back in shape. Adopt a suitable exercise regime that can help you regain your health as well as your prenatal shape if you wish. You can talk to your care givers during your confinement period to guide you on simple exercises that will help you burn excess fats without too much strain. Do not over do it because your body is still recovering from child birth.
Managing your home and taking care of the baby may be too overwhelming for you. Make arrangements to get support from a confinement nanny who will help you take care of your home, run errands and watch over your baby while you rest. Such support will help keep your sanity, and you can set some time aside to rest as the lady watches over your little one.
As you breastfeed, your body will demand more and more food. The body has high demands for food due to milk production and the recovery from child birth. Make conscious health decisions about the food you eat. Avoid eating junk food and switch to healthier and fresh food. If the hunger strikes in between meals, go for fruits and vegetables. Remember to watch the starch you are taking in, to avoid putting on too much weight. You can talk to a nutritionist to guide you on your daily dietary needs that will help keep you nourished without adding too much weight.
Use these simple tips to care for yourself during your postnatal period. However, while at it remember to love and accept the new you. Do not seek validation from friends or relatives. Start by acknowledging that you no longer have to care for your needs only but those of your baby as well. Treat yourself with care and do not push yourself too much. That way, you will be a happier and confident person.