Pregnancy and motherhood can bring about a lot of changes in new moms’ lives. They go through several physical and emotional challenges which might seem daunting at first. But with little thought and careful planning, these can easily be taken care of.
Here are 5 common challenges that every new mom faces:
- The struggle with breastfeeding
New mothers often feel intense pressure from their doctors, friends and family to nurse their newborns. It is a myth that nursing comes naturally. For most women, it usually takes work and practice for many weeks to get it right and feel natural. While breastfeeding is recommended by the entire medical fraternity, mothers should try to find out what works best for them. Talk to our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles to put the breast-versus-bottle debate into perspective.
- The struggle to get back into shape
A lot of women get upset if their pregnancy weight doesn’t drop off immediately after giving birth. They may resort to crash diets, intensive exercise, or anything else that they think can help them lose those extra pounds. This can cause more harm than good. New mothers should realize that it took them nearly 40 weeks to gain this weight and it will take some time to get back into their pre-pregnancy shape. Remember to take it easy and exercise cautiously. Avoid any intensive exercise which might cause damage or injury during the first few months.
- The struggle with lack of sleep
All new moms struggle with lack of sleep during the first few months after giving birth. Not every baby is same – while some sleep peacefully through the right, others might wake you up every few hours for the first six months. You might feel completely worn out due to lack of sleep but it is important to remember that this time will pass. Try and get help and support from friends and family to catch up on some sleep through the day.
- The struggle to take care of your needs
When you become a mother, you tend to prioritize your baby before everything else. You are so involved in taking care of the baby that you might forget to take care of yourselves. It may cause new moms to start losing their sense of purpose and feel resentful about being at home. This may also lead to postpartum depression. To get over this feeling, it is important to take time out each day to do something for yourself, even if it is for only 10 minutes. Take a shower, meditate, go for a walk, exercise or just write a journal. Small efforts can make you feel good and keep you from getting burnt out or overwhelmed.
- The struggle with your love life
Your body is no longer the same after the birth of your baby. Many women think that their husbands will look at them differently and won’t feel the same way about them. To avoid these struggles of low-confidence, make sure you discuss your feeling with your husband and not put too much pressure on yourself. Things have changed for both of you with the arrival of your newborn and you have new responsibilities. Take this as an opportunity to get to know each other once again and rekindle the flames of your relationship. Your body will get back into shape gradually but the power to feel beautiful lies in your mind.
If you feel you’re getting too overwhelmed with the challenges of being a new mom, talk to your partner. You can also seek help from our experts at KIMS Cuddles to rule out symptoms of postpartum depression and have a happy motherhood experience.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance