The first SIX WEEKS

Mid­wives share their top tips and ad­vice for sur­viv­ing and thriv­ing in the early days af­ter your baby is born

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Expert Advice -

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

TRUST YOUR­SELF

“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.

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