Most mothers-to-be focus on the birth of their child. It is only after the birth that you begin to realize that the birth was just the beginning.
Mental and emotional preparation is just as important as preparing the layette.
Delivering a baby has been compared to running a marathon. Combine that with the change in sleep habits that night feedings require and you can understand why new mothers are exhausted. Anxiety over being a new parent adds to the tiredness.
Hints to help manage tiredness:
As a new mother, don't expect miracles. It took you 9 months of pregnancy to gain weight, and it will take time to get your body back into shape. One of the biggest challenges of early motherhood may be just having the time and energy to brush your hair once a day!
Hints on appearance:
Cesarean birth complicates the healing process and requires more rest and recuperation.
Hints for recovering from a cesarean birth:
An episiotomy is an incision often made during birth to give more room for the baby to pass through the birth canal. It usually heals within 7 to 10 days and with no complications.
Hints for recovering from an episiotomy:
After childbirth, many mothers feel more emotional. The hormones your body made when your were pregnant, a lack of sleep, pain from childbirth, changing eating habits and change in appearance can all lead to the baby blues. You may feel sad, afraid, or angry. For most women these baby blues are mild and go away within a week. Postpartum depression lasts longer and is more severe.
If you feel you can't, or don’t want to, take care of your baby, or if you have thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby, get help. Do not try to overcome postpartum depression by yourself. It can be successfully treated with either therapy or antidepressant medicine or both.
Hints for dealing with post partum depression:
Don't try to be supermom. Give yourself time to adjust to being a mother. Listen to your body and enjoy your new baby.