PRAC­TICE SELF-CARE

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Expert Advice -

“It is im­por­tant that mums look af­ter them­selves phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. Moth­ers are very im­por­tant, but you have needs and of­ten these are over­shad­owed by hav­ing a new­born. It is a sea­son and don’t feel guilty about ex­press­ing your needs. While your needs may look dif­fer­ent to what they were be­fore the baby ar­rived it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber they mat­ter. Give your body a boost by in­vest­ing in a good mul­ti­vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment. Sleep de­pri­va­tion can lead to poor di­etary choices (you’re of­ten too exhausted to cook – don’t feel bad) and then the spi­ral of be­ing run down and get­ting sick can start. I en­cour­age mums to try and have a shower first thing in the morn­ing – not only does it help them feel bet­ter, it’s five min­utes of quiet time to re­group thoughts. Even if it has been a tough night, hav­ing a shower sig­ni­fies the be­gin­ning of a new day.” Sallee Dwyer, mid­wife

As new par­ents you may be told not to hold your BABY AS ‘YOU WILL SPOIL HIM’. You can­not spoil your baby WITH TOO much love.

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