The first SIX WEEKS
Midwives share their top tips and advice for surviving and thriving in the early days after your baby is born
FIND YOUR OWN PATH
“Invariably there is more than one way to solve a problem, so never feel pressured into following one school of thought. Listen to all the well-meaning advice and then do what works best for you and your baby.
“The first six weeks are intense and the daily routine can seem overwhelming. Try to enjoy the early weeks because your tiny bundle will grow quickly and eventually sleep through the night, toilet train and sit at a table to eat.” Megan Baker, midwife and expert M&B
“The best piece of advice I can give new mothers during the first six weeks of a baby’s life is to always trust your instincts. Trust that you are doing the best that you can to love, grow and nurture your baby. Try not to compare yourself and your beautiful baby to other mothers and babies. Everybody is different and every baby is unique.
“Second, surround yourself with your own village. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Reach out to other mothers going through the same thing via community mothers’ groups, social media pages, such as Facebook, and get out and about and meet other mothers and friends who can help you emotionally, physically and mentally.
“Third, as hard as it is, try to be present. Turn your phone off and just be there for your baby. Time will escape you but you will never have this moment with your baby ever again. Every day that passes they are a day older and you are wiser and more experienced in this jungle of motherhood.” Anne Stroud, midwife and childbirth/parenting educator
Always trust your instincts. Trust that you are doing the best that you can to love, grow and nurture your baby.